Report: Injury holding up New York Mets' negotiations with Kumar Rocker
When the 2021 MLB Draft took place earlier this month, it was a surprise to see Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker fall to the New York Mets with the No. 10 overall pick.
At issue? Apparently, Rocker wanted to be given a fair contract for a pick of his caliber. And, it seems, some teams didn’t want to do that.
So, the Mets pounced on the former Vanderbilt star at pick No. 10. Now, though, the contract negotiation process has hit a snag.
Per Mets insider Anthony DiComo, Rocker is dealing with an elbow issue that is causing a delay in his signing. However, per DiComo, the Mets only have 4 days left to agree to a deal:
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
As DiComo notes, if the Mets don’t sign him, they forfeit the pick and Rocker would be free to return to Vanderbilt for his senior season.
These next 4 days will be very important for Rocker and the Mets.