I try to weed out trade and free agent rumors in MLB, since there is so much fabricated information. Agents leak out wrong information to gain leverage in negotiations.
Something did happen today in the MLB, the Rule 5 Draft. As you may already know, the Texas Rangers selected Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in the minor-league portion of the draft. Wilson played some minor league baseball in the Colorado Rockies farm system.
In the past, the major league portion of the MLB Rule 5 Draft has been significant in the past. Josh Hamilton, Jose Bautista, Johan Santana, R.A. Dickey and even hall of famer Roberto Clemente have been selected in the past. Here are today’s results and what the rules are after drafting a player.
Players are eligible for selection in the Rule 5 draft who are not on their major league organization’s 40-man roster and:
- were 18 or younger on the June 5 preceding their signing and this is the fifth Rule 5 draft upcoming; or
- were 19 or older on the June 5 preceding their signing and this is fourth Rule 5 draft upcoming.
Other rules about the MLB Rule 5 Draft process:
- The player drafted must stay on the active 25-man roster for the entire season.
- Each draft pick costs $50,000.
- If the player is taken off the active 25-man roster, he will be offered back to the team for $25,000.
- Players can be traded after drafted.
Now that we got all the nerd jargon out of the way, here are the results of the 2013 MLB Rule 5 Draft.
- Houston Astros – LHP Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) traded to San Diego Padres
- Chicago White Sox – C Adrian Nieto (Washington Nationals)
- Philadelphia Phillies – RHP Kevin Munson (Arizona Diamondbacks)
- Colorado Rockies – RHP Thomas Kahnle (New York Yankees)
- Toronto Blue Jays – LHP Brian Moran (Seattle Mariners) traded to Los Angeles Angels
- New York Mets – RHP Seth Rosin (Philadelphia Phillies) traded to Los Angeles Dodgers
- Milwaukee Brewers – LHP Wei-Chung Wang (Pittsburgh Pirates)
- Arizona Diamondbacks – RHP Marcos Mateo (Chicago Cubs)
- Baltimore Orioles – 3B Michael Almanzar (Boston Red Sox)
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.