Negotiating with draft prospects in baseball is one of the trickiest games in sports.
For starters, the players are sometimes just 17 or 18 years old, and they're taking advice from agents who are 30 or 40 years their senior. Toss in the prospect of a few million dollars and things can get dicey.
But these "kids" aren't the only ones who screw up the signing discussions. Sometimes the teams are just as culpable.
Take last year's draft and the case of the Milwaukee Brewers and first-round pick Dylan Covey.
Milwaukee spent the 14th-overall pick on Covey, a hard-throwing right-hander from California. He had the size of a prototypical pitcher, and a smooth delivery. Furthermore, he had a relative soft commitment to the University of San Diego. All signs pointed to an easy sign. But days before the deadline, after waiting more than two months to begin negotiations, the Brewers administered a blood test. What they found was that Covey had Type-1 diabetes.
Startled by the discovery, Covey decided against signing with Milwaukee so that he could stay closer to home, attend USD and try to get a handle on his diagnosis. Such is life with the current signing deadline.
Luckily, the Brewers were able to recoup the pick and ended up snagging an even easier sign with 15th-overall pick, left-hander Jed Bradley.
Some teams aren't so lucky, and as such there are likely to be more than a few players who slip through the cracks this year and wind up as first- or second-round guys two or three years from now.
So, without further ado, let's see who dropped the ball and failed to sign some pretty talented players.