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The Astros will not be offering a contract to former first-round pick Barret Loux.
Astros general manager Ed Wade told MLB.com on Friday afternoon the club has decided not to try to sign Loux, the former Texas A&M pitcher drafted No. 6 overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this year, only to later to be declared a free agent.
Wade wouldn’t give specific reasons for the club’s decision.
“We’ve had further internal conversations and we’re probably not going to pursue it,” Wade said. “We talked long and hard about it and we wanted to make sure we did our advance work and tried to get an arm around the entire situation. At this point in time, it’s something we’re not going to pursue.”
Loux was drafted No. 6 overall and failed a physical, reportedly because of arm problems. Major League Baseball declared Loux a free agent and available to sign with any club beginning Sept. 1, awarding Arizona compensatory draft picks in the process.
The Astros had interest the Houston-area product before he was picked by Arizona and twice sent a scout to watch him throw in the bullpen last month in College Station, Texas. Loux went 11-2 with a 2.83 ERA in 16 starts last season as a junior at Texas A&M
For the second time in a week, Arizona Diamondbacks first-round pick Barret Loux, who was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball, threw for a handful of scouts on Thursday afternoon in College Station, Texas.
The Astros, Marlins, Rangers, Cubs, Twins, Giants, Brewers, Phillies and Mariners were on hand to watch the right-hander throw between 50 and 60 pitches for about 25 minutes. They are among the teams interested in signing Loux, who was drafted by Arizona before reportedly failing a physical.
“Things went about the same, similar velocity on fastball and breaking pitches,” Loux said in an e-mail to MLB.com. “Found myself breaking my hands later than I should so control wasn’t quite as good as normal, but overall a decent bullpen.”
Astros area scout Rusty Pendergrass and Midwest supervisor Ralph Bratton were on hand, according to KRIV-TV in Houston.
Loux was drafted No. 6 overall and reportedly failed a physical because of arm problems. Major League Baseball declared Loux a free agent and available to sign with any club beginning Sept. 1, awarding Arizona compensatory draft picks. The Astros had interest in the Houston-area product before he was picked by Arizona.
Loux, who went 11-2 with a 2.83 ERA in 16 starts last season as a junior at Texas A&M, last week threw for about 15 times at Texas A&M, where he’s finishing up his degree.
The Astros will explore the possibility of signing Barret Loux, who was declared a free agent today by Commissioner Bud Selig. Loux was taken No. 6 overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in this June’s First-Year Player Draft, but failed a failed a physical.
“We got notification from the Commissioner’s Office that the contract was voided and he’s a free agent, and we’ll do our due diligence and look into what was involved and the circumstances to led to free agency and go from there,” Astros general manager Ed Wade said. “We just now go the information and we’re trying to sort through the next step.”
Loux will be free to sign with any team on Sept. 1, and Arizona will receive a supplemental pick in the 2011 Draft. According to reports, the Diamondbacks backed out of a multi-million dollar agreement with Loux when a physical revealed are problems.
Loux was 11-2 with a 2.83 ERA in 17 games this year with the Aggies.