In the final paragraph of this morning's post, I noted a report that Mark Appel had turned down a pre-draft offer of $6 million. The reporter who stated that has since retracted it.
I'm not privy to the specifics of the pre-draft contact between team and player. The behavior of the two parties makes the initial report credible.
It may indeed be that the Astros never specifically offered $6 million, but there shouldn't be much doubt that Appel's financial expectations outshot the willingness of anybody to meet those expectations, and that's why the player generally projected to be the No. 1 overall pick fell to No. 8.
And the player's refusal to talk to the Pittsburgh media after his selection, instead issuing a statement on his dedication to reaching his academic goals, comes off as petulant. He ain't getting what he thought he was going to get.