Rule 5 News

Baseball’s winter meetings held the annual Rule 5 draft this morning and we were active on the major league and triple-A levels.

For the major league roster we drafted a 24-year-old right-handed starter from the California Angels system, Robert Mosebach, who pitched (9-12) in double-A last season.  He has a 35-30 record for four minor league seasons.

MLB rules stipulate that we will need to keep him on the major league roster all season or offer him back to the Angels for half of the $50,000 drafting price.  Or, the Angels could pass on taking him back and we could assign him to our minor league system.  That happened to Shane Victorino when we selected him in 2004.

In the triple-A draft, we selected two players for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs roster, infielder Kyle Haines and outfielder Javis Diaz.

Haines was selected off the Giants’ Connecticut roster.  The 26-year-old batted .261 in 106 games in the Eastern League last year.  He played second and third base.  Diaz was taken off the Padres’ San Antonio roster.  The 24-year-old hit .253 in 104 games for Lake Elsinore (A) with 28 stolen bases.

Unlike the major league draft, Haines and Diaz do not have to be offered back to their organizations.

We also lost three players in the AAA draft off the Reading roster: C Richard Suomi, RHP Ron Hill and RHP Brett Harker.

A banquet tonight concludes the winter meetings.  Ruben Amaro Jr. and his staff will be heading east again tomorrow.  Several irons remain in the fire as far as free agents and trades.

And, as mentioned yesterday, tomorrow night is the deadline for tendering contracts.  A new pool of players will be free agents after midnight. We’ve picked up Jayson Werth (2006) and Chad Durbin (2007) after they were not offered contracts by the Dodgers and Tigers, respectively.

Stay tuned for more player movement news.  A week from this evening is our annual holiday party.  It seems as if the PR department is always interrupted because of a free agent signing or trade. 

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