Rule 5 Draft Rumors
Many Rule 5 picks ultimately return to their original organizations, as it's not easy to keep inexperienced players in the Major Leagues all season long. Nine of the 19 players selected in the Major League phase of last offseason's Rule 5 draft are back where they started and only five remain on active MLB rosters. Here’s another update on the draftees, two months into the season:
On Active Rosters (5)
- Pedro Beato of the Mets has a 2.38 ERA with a 13K/6BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings of relief. The 24-year-old right-hander is one of the most impressive selections of the draft.
- Aneury Rodriguez of the Astros has transitioned to the rotation, where he is holding his own. The right-hander has turned in three solid starts this month and has a 4.98 ERA with 6.0 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 through 34 1/3 total innings this year.
- Like Rodriguez, Nathan Adcock of the Royals has transitioned to the rotation this month. He allowed seven runs in an ugly outing Friday, but his season numbers remain solid. The 23-year-old has a 4.07 ERA with 4.8 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 24 1/3 innings.
- D'Backs manager Kirk Gibson has used Joe Paterson strategically in his 22 appearances; 36 of the 49 batters who have faced the the southpaw have been left-handed. The results are good: one earned runs and 11 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings with 7 hits and 5 walks allowed.
- Phillies utility player Michael Martinez is not hitting (.184/.212/.204 line through 53 plate appearances), but he has filled in at up-the-middle positions for the Phillies, playing short, second and center field.
The Mets returned Brad Emaus to the Blue Jays, who traded the infielder to Colorado. Rule 5 restrictions no longer apply to Emaus, so the Rockies don't have to worry about losing him. The Twins retained Scott Diamond in a trade with the Braves and he has posted a 5.40 ERA with a 33K/18BB ratio in nine Triple-A starts. The Red Sox sent Daniel Turpen to the Rockies.
Elvin Ramirez (Nationals) and Mason Tobin (Rangers) have been on the 60-day DL for over a month. They have to spend 90 non-September days on the active roster to become official property of their new teams. Otherwise, their Rule 5 status carries forward until the players spend 90 non-September days on the active roster.
Back Where They Started (9)
Many Rule 5 picks ultimately return to their original organizations, as it's not easy to keep inexperienced players in the Major Leagues all season long. So far, 2011 is no exception; 8 of the 19 players selected in the Major League phase of last offseason's Rule 5 draft are back where they started. Here are updates on the draftees, four weeks into the season:
On Active Rosters (6)
- Pedro Beato of the Mets has yet to allow an earned run in 14 innings of relief. The most impressive Rule 5 pick of the year has allowed 7 hits and 3 walks, striking out 8.
- Brian Broderick of the Nationals has allowed 2 walks and 9 hits in 8 1/3 innings with a single strikeout. He'll have to pitch better to deserve a roster spot all season long.
- Another reliever, Aneury Rodriguez of the Astros, has allowed 9 hits and 4 walks in 8 innings, striking out 7.
- Nathan Adcock of the Royals has allowed 10 hits and 3 walks in 10 innings with 4 strikeouts for a 2.70 ERA.
- D'Backs manager Kirk Gibson has used Joe Paterson strategically in his 11 appearances; 16 of the 20 batters who have faced the the southpaw have been left-handed. The results are good: 0 earned runs and 5 strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings with 2 hits and 3 walks allowed.
- Phillies utility player Michael Martinez has only batted 17 times, but his .423 OPS is not impressive. The switch-hitter has played second, short and center and will have to hit more to keep his roster spot.
The Mets returned Brad Emaus to the Blue Jays, who traded the infielder to Colorado. Rule 5 restrictions no longer apply to Emaus, so the Rockies don't have to worry about losing him. The Twins retained Scott Diamond in a trade with the Braves and he has posted a respectable 3.48 ERA in four Triple-A starts. The Red Sox sent Daniel Turpen to the Rockies.
Elvin Ramirez (Nationals) and Mason Tobin (Rangers) are on the 60-day DL. As Adam Rubin points out at ESPNNewYork.com, they have to spend 90 non-September days on the active roster to become official property of their new teams. Otherwise, their Rule 5 status carries forward until the players spend 90 non-September days on the active roster.
Back Where They Started (8)
19 players were taken in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 draft in December. Rule 5 picks are often returned to their original teams, as it's challenging to keep these players in the Majors all year. Another option is for the two clubs to work out a trade. The latest on this year's group:
- Pirates took infielder Josh Rodriguez from Indians. The Pirates are seriously considering trying to work out a deal with the Tribe, reported MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch on Saturday. Rodriguez is still in the mix for the Pirates' backup middle infield job, but Langosch says Pedro Ciriaco appears to be the favorite.
- Mariners took reliever Jose Flores from Indians. Flores has yet to pitch above Low-A ball, and his spring stats (five runs, four hits, and four walks in 3 2/3 innings) haven't helped his case. Even in the Mariners' unsettled bullpen it would be tough to keep Flores up all year.
- Diamondbacks took reliever Joe Paterson from Giants. As of March 10th the sidearming southpaw was a leading candidate to make the D'Backs. His spring numbers are strong, and he has Triple-A experience.
- Orioles took reliever Adrian Rosario from Brewers. He's only made two appearances this spring, and one of them resulted in a walk-off home run. As of Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com wrote that Rosario "isn't making the team."
- Royals took starter Nathan Adcock from Pirates. Though he's only struck out three, Adcock is unscored upon in nine innings this spring. He seems to have a good shot at making the team, a dream come true for a guy who was in High-A ball last year.
- Nationals took reliever Elvin Ramirez from Mets. Back on March 13th, Adam Kilgore explained how arm trouble was preventing the Nationals from evaluating Ramirez. Barring an amazing, healthy week Ramirez will be offered back to the Mets.
- Cubs took starter Mason Tobin from Angels; traded to Rangers. With 5 2/3 scoreless innings, Tobin is "in the mix" for a bullpen job according to GM Jon Daniels.
- Astros took pitcher Aneury Rodriguez from Rays and starter Lance Pendleton from Yankees. Neither pitcher won the fifth starter job, but Astros manager Brad Mills says they're both in the running for the bullpen. Both have had control problems this spring.
- Brewers took reliever Pat Egan from Orioles. He's tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings and has Triple-A experience, so he appears to be in the running for a bullpen job.
- Mets took second baseman Brad Emaus from Blue Jays. He's still in the Mets' second base mix with Luis Hernandez and Daniel Murphy. Emaus' spring performance hasn't helped, though the release of Luis Castillo did.
- Padres took reliever George Kontos from Yankees. He was returned on March 14th.
- Twins took starter Scott Diamond from Braves. A trade appeared possible earlier this month. Diamond has allowed one run in six spring innings, though his strikeout and walk numbers aren't pretty.
- Yankees took reliever Robert Fish from Angels; claimed off waivers by Royals. The Royals claimed the hard-throwing lefty six days ago, so clearly they're considering him for their bullpen.
- Rays took reliever Cesar Cabral from Red Sox. The Blue Jays got involved at one point, which requires its own explanation. Cabral remains in the mix for the Rays.
- Phillies took infielder Michael Martinez from Nationals. Castillo affects another Rule 5 pick, as Martinez's chances are hurt by the Phillies' acquisition of the veteran. Even without Castillo, Martinez did not appear to be a frontrunner at second base.
- Nationals took starter Brian Broderick from Cardinals. On Friday Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said Broderick was "forcing the issue" in competing for a long relief job. He's allowed one run in 10 2/3 innings, though he's only struck out four.
- Mets took reliever Pedro Beato from Orioles. The strikeouts aren't there, but Beato still appears likely to make the team.
- Yankees took reliever Daniel Turpen from Red Sox. He was returned to the Red Sox on March 13th.
- So far, only two of the 19 Rule 5 picks have been returned. Expect plenty more this week.
The results for the Major League phase of this year's Rule 5 draft...
- Pirates take Josh Rodriguez from Indians.
- Mariners take Jose Flores from Indians.
- Diamondbacks take Joe Paterson from Giants.
- Orioles take Adrian Rosario from Brewers.
- Royals take Nathan Adcock from Pirates.
- Nationals take Elvin Ramirez from Mets.
- Cubs take Mason Tobin from Angels; traded to Rangers.
- Astros take Aneury Rodriguez from Rays.
- Brewers take Pat Egan from Orioles.
- Mets take Brad Emaus from Blue Jays.
- Padres take George Kontos from Yankees.
- Twins take Scott Diamond from Braves.
- Yankees take Robert Fish from Angels.
- Rays take Cesar Cabral from Red Sox.
- Phillies take Michael Martinez from Nationals.
- Nationals take Brian Broderick from Cardinals.
- Astros take Lance Pendleton from Yankees.
- Mets take Pedro Beato from Orioles.
- Yankees take Daniel Turpen from Red Sox.
- Results for the Triple-A and Double-A phases can be viewed here.
This year's Rule 5 draft kicks off in about an hour. Here are a couple of free preview-type links from MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo and Baseball America's John Manuel. We'll cover the Major League phase here at MLBTR. Draft order is determined based on the reverse order of 2010 records.
- The Pirates pick first, and MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch expects them to take shortstop Josh Rodriguez from the Indians.
Baseball's annual Rule 5 Draft is an often forgotten source of talent. It's designed to help players that are stuck in the minor leagues, perhaps blocked by a superstar like Albert Pujols or Evan Longoria, reach the big leagues with a different organization. Make sure you check out our Rule 5 Draft primer if you're unsure of how it works or what makes a player eligible.
For the most part, teams look to acquire role players in the Rule 5 Draft (a bench piece, long reliever, etc.) rather than hit a home run and find a star. The Dan Ugglas and Joakim Sorias are few and far between. The Orioles did select a future All Star in the 2003 Rule 5 Draft, but unfortunately Jose Bautista's breakout didn't occur until six years later with the Blue Jays. Jay Gibbons hit .260/.314/.455 with 126 homers in parts of seven seasons with the O's after they grabbed him from Toronto in the 2000 Rule 5 Draft.
The Orioles have selected a player in major league portion of the Rule 5 Draft every year since 2005, most notably landing Alfredo Simon back in 2006. Steve Melewski of MASN Sports recently spoke to one of Baltimore's higher-ups about how they prepare for the event...
"Now you simply go through all your reports and most people don't realize that there are more than 10,000 reports on this year's (available) players in virtually every club's system," said John Stockstill, the Orioles director of player development. "In our case, (assistant director of player development) Tripp Norton we be involved, I'll be involved and Lee MacPhail (director, pro scouting) will head that with all our scouts ... Lee will use all of our reports available and we'll eventually target several players that we'd like to acquire."
Baltimore is a team with a lot of young talent on their roster and the financial means to make a splash in free agency, but they're still looking to fill some holes by being creative. Stockstill said they rank the Rule 5 Draft eligible players on their radar in several different ways, including by position and by team need. This year they could be searching for a shortstop or backup catcher, and of course pitching.
It's not often that the Rule 5 Draft bears fruit, but considering the cost (just $50K to select a player), it's a great way for a rebuilding team to add some young pieces to the roster and see what sticks.
On this date back in 1974, Catfish Hunter met with Oakland A's owner Charles Finley and Peter Seitz of the American Arbitration Association in New York after the team failed to make a $50,000 payment into a long-term annuity fund. The right-hander claimed that his contract had been violated, and Seitz eventually ruled in his favor. Hunter became the first big name free agent in baseball history, later signing a five-year, $3.5MM contract with the Yankees that made him the highest-paid player in baseball history.
Here's a helping of links that go well with Thanksgiving leftovers...
- In the spirit of the holiday, Wahoo Blues lists ten things Indians fans have to be thankful for.
- Bucs Dugout lists some Rule 5 Draft possibilities for the Pirates.
- Baseball Time In Arlington examines the Paul Konerko option for the Rangers.
- Phillies Nation looks at Matt Thornton as a potential trade target for Philadelphia.
- We Should Be GMs wonders how much Derek Jeter is worth.
- Pine Tar And Pocket Protectors believes Justin Upton should be traded.
- The Blue Jay Hunter wants to see Toronto sign Chad Qualls to be their closer.
- Examiner tries to figure out what would constitute a fair return for Gavin Floyd.
- Sports of Boston explains why Cliff Lee should sign with the Red Sox.
- Meanwhile, The Ghost of Moonlight Graham tries to figure out who will catch for Boston in 2011.
- Halos Heaven dispels the Adrian Beltre contract year myth.
- A Diehard Cubs Fan Speaks Out and wonders if the Cubs should shift Starlin Castro to second base.
- SPANdemonium lists every player eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.
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On this date 41 years ago, Major League owners unanimously elected Bowie Kuhn to a seven-year term as commissioner. It was under Kuhn that the reserve clause was eliminated, paving the way for free agency as we know it.
We've got a lot of links to get to, so let's dive right in...
- Joe Posnanski tries to determine who the worst everyday player in baseball is.
- Royals Review breaks down all the changes the Royals have gone through since the start of last season.
- Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness congratulates Garret Anderson on the worst offensive season in Dodgers history.
- Bright House Sports Network looks at the Rays' history of waiver trades, plus some names they might target this month.
- The Process Report wonders if this season will be Dan Wheeler's last stand in Tampa.
- DRays Bay tries to figure out if Gabe Kapler should be designated for assignment.
- Disciples of Uecker thinks the Jim Edmonds-Chris Dickerson trade was the best for everyone.
- Around The Majors posted a two part series looking at the events that have brought Andres Torres' career back from the dead (parts one & two).
- Meanwhile, Joe Pawlikowski at FanGraphs examines Pat Burrell's resurgence since joining the Giants.
- The Nats Blog breaks down Stephen Strasburg's first bump in the road.
- Red Sox Beacon re-introduces us to Carlos Delgado.
- U.S.S. Mariner looks at the job security of Major League managers, or the lack thereof.
- Camden Crazies explains the Buck Showalter magic going on in Baltimore.
- Randall On Baseball revisits the trade that sent Brandon Morrow to the Blue Jays for Brandon League.
- Baseball 101 looks at a different way of valuing relievers based on the work of Bill James.
- Baseball Analysts analyzed the Rule 5 Draft.
On this date two years ago, the Tigers acquired Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis for six players including Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller. Only one of the other four players, Burke Badenhop has yet to see significant playing time at the big league level. With this year's winter meetings set to begin next week more big players could be on the move. Let's take a look at what is being written in the Blogosphere...
- Jorge Says No! wonders if the smart move for Adrian Belte is to accept arbitration from the Mariners now that the Phillies no longer need a third baseman.
- Around the Majors explains why the Dodgers made a mistake in not offering arbitration to Randy Wolf.
- The Baseball Opinion looks back at how each team did with their '04 free agency compensation draft picks.
- Royals Authority makes a case for trading Alberto Callaspo.
- River Ave Blues wonders who could play left field for the Yankees if they don't land Johnny Damon, Matt Holliday or Mike Cameron.
- UmpBump looks at what the Astros need this off-season.
- MLB Notebook believes Justin Duchscherer would be a good fit for the Pirates.
- Bucco Fans previews the right-handed pitchers in the upcoming Rule 5 draft with Aneury Rodriguez of the Rays listed as one of the top options overall.
- DRaysBay looks at some relief pitchers that are available in the Rule 5 draft.
- We Should Be GMs examines the free agent market for relief pitchers and who might be a good fit for the Phillies.
- The Pinstriper looks back at what might have happened had the Yankees not re-signed Alex Rodriguez in '07.
Dejan Kovacevic has a new column up focusing on a number of Pirates topics:
- After liking what they've found in Rule 5 Draft picks Evan Meek and Donnie Veal, the Pirates are actively scouting available players and have identified some potential targets to use their #2 pick on in this year's Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 10. Meek posted a 3.45 ERA out of the 'pen for the Buccos in 2009. And, while Kovacevic points out that Veal's numbers this season were ugly, he recently dominated the Arizona Fall League. Veal posted a 2.14 ERA through 21 innings, allowing only a .221 opponent average, striking out 22 and walking seven.
- Last offseason, the Pirates locked up Ryan Doumit, Nate McLouth, and Paul Maholm, but Kovacevic says not to expect any long-term deals this time around. That includes Zach Duke, who will be eligible for free agency after the 2011 season.
- Tyler Yates, who underwent Tommy John surgery back in July, is back to playing pain-free long-toss and is discussing a minor league deal to keep him in the Pirates organization.