17 August 2010
On Tuesday, the Diamondbacks made a joint statement with first round pick Barret Loux
, announcing that Major League Baseball has granted free agency to Loux, effective September 1, allowing him to sign with any team, and giving the Diamondbacks a supplemental selection in the 2011 draft. After Loux failed his pre-draft physical, the Diamondbacks reportedly pulled their offer, which could have left Loux in limbo until next year's draft. This solution works out well for all parties - the Diamondbacks are not obligated to sign an injured player, and Loux is free to sign with any team that wants him.
The full text of the statement is here:
"We have reached an agreement regarding Barret Loux’s status that is mutually beneficial to the parties. Today Commissioner Selig has announced that Loux will become a free agent on September 1. As such, he will be free to sign with any Major League Club at that time. In addition, the Arizona Diamondbacks will receive a Supplemental Selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. The agreement also provides an opportunity for the Commissioner’s Office and the Players Association globally to the address the issues that can arise from questions concerning a drafted player’s health. Given the private nature of the underlying disagreement here, neither party will be making any further public comments about this situation."