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LOLD'Backs - AZ #6 Pick Fails Physical - Contract Talks End

"Considering slot money for the sixth overall pick is approximately $2.6MM, the D'Backs seem unlikely to reach an agreement with Loux if his health is a concern. Ringolsby indicates that the decision to draft Loux was made by Josh Byrnes, and that the move may have played a part in the Arizona GM losing his job." It looks like the D'Backs will no longer try to sign Barret Loux, their #6 overall pick from the recent 2010 draft. The 21 year old RH starting pitcher from Texas A&M failed a team physical exam. No details given, but I've got to believe that it had something to do with the bone spurs he had removed from his elbow last year. Now some might say, "No problems, the D-Backs will get the #7 pick in next year's draft as compensation - and it's supposed to be a deeper and more talented top-end draft than 2010's." However, the #7 pick next yaer will not be protected (if the draftee doesn't sign then they aren't compensated) so AZ will most likely have to choose a less-appreciated college prospect that they think will be very easy to sign. On a side note, check out the comments on this article at MLBTR.com - they're hilarious.
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