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Report: Mets bailing on phenom Kumar Rocker because of physical concerns

Kumar Rocker, Mets

The New York Mets aren’t planning to sign No. 10 overall pick Kumar Rocker because of physical concerns, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Kiley McDaniel.

Rocker was a superstar at Vanderbilt but dropped to No. 10 to New York in the 2021 draft. The Mets were going to sign him for $6 million, but that deal fell apart due to his physical examination and now it looks like there will be no agreement at all before Sunday’s 5 p.m. ET signing deadline.

While Rocker could potentially still come to an agreement with the Mets right at the buzzer, the current momentum is trending toward there being no deal. If Rocker doesn’t head to New York, it’s unclear what his future holds. The 21-year-old could return to Vanderbilt or try pitching professionally elsewhere. He could potentially join the 2022 draft.

The Mets would get the 11th pick in the 2022 draft as compensation if Rocker doesn’t sign a deal.

It seems there’s some disagreement about Rocker’s health:

Either way, the mutual excitement of July 11, the night of the draft, evaporated over the past three weeks. Rocker’s camp, led by agent Scott Boras, insists he is healthy, pointing to the 122 innings he threw over 20 starts in which he struck out 179 batters with a 2.73 ERA this year. Further, sources familiar with Rocker’s situation said, outside orthopedists disagreed with the Mets’ assessment of Rocker’s health, as can happen with multiple examinations. The Mets, sources said, expressed concerns over the health of Rocker’s arm following the physical last week.

This would be a huge bummer for the Mets if they wind up losing out on Kumar Rocker.