Brewers unable to sign first-rounder Covey, who wants to stay near home with diabetes

The Milwaukee Brewers were unable to agree to a contact with their first-round draft pick, right-hander Dylan Covey, before Monday night's signing deadline.

Covey has been diagnosed with diabetes, and Brewers general manager Doug Melvin says that played a role in his decision not to sign.

Melvin says the team was willing to sign him, but Covey "felt with the management needed and discipline involved with diabetes it was necessary to stay close to home." He also has an offer from the University of San Diego.

Covey, the 14th overall pick, went 7-1 with a 0.40 ERA and 3 saves for Maranatha High School in Pasadena, Calif. last season.