When the New York Mets selected Vanderbilt Commodores right-handed pitcher Kumar Rocker with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, it was considered a massive steal.
Rocker, who is the son of former Tennessee Vols defensive line coach Tracy Rocker (currently the Philadelphia Eagles defensive line coach), was viewed by many MLB analysts as a top five talent. Landing him at No. 10 was a coup for the Mets.
Unfortunately for the Mets and Rocker, it appears there’s a chance a deal won’t happen between the two parties.
Rocker still hasn’t signed with the Mets yet. And it’s reportedly because of some concerns over Rocker’s elbow.
It’s indeed an elbow problem that’s holding up top Mets pick Kumar Rocker’s signing, a source confirms. GM Zack Scott offered a no-comment when asked yesterday. Mets still have four days to sign Rocker anyway at the agreed $6 million, renegotiate the deal, or forfeit the pick.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 27, 2021
SNY’s Andy Martino reported on Tuesday that Rocker “has not been deemed to need Tommy John surgery or any other elbow procedure at this time”.
Martino also reported that the delay is not expected to prevent Rocker from signing with the Mets, though it’s unclear if the original signing bonus offer will be altered (that seems unlikely given that Scott Boras is representing Rocker).
At this point, the options for Rocker are to either sign for the original offer if it’s still on the table, renegotiate the deal, or return to Vanderbilt for his senior season.
If Rocker returns to Vanderbilt, the Mets would get the No. 11 overall pick next year as compensation.
Rocker and the Mets have until 4:00 PM CT/5:00 PM ET on Sunday to reach an agreement.
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