12/9 Rule 5 Draft
The Cubs selected right-handed pitcher Mason Tobin in the Rule 5 Draft Thursday at baseball’s Winter Meetings, but traded him for cash considerations to the Rangers. The deal had been pre-arranged before the Draft began. The Cubs had the eighth pick in the Major League phase; the Rangers had the 23rd selection.
The Cubs did not take another player in the Draft but did lose two pitchers in the Triple-A phase. The Mets selected right-hander Ron Morla while the Orioles took lefty Casey Lambert. Morla was 4-3 with a 4.00 ERA in 43 games at Class A Peoria with 86 strikeouts in 78 2/3 innings. Lambert, whose career was slowed by Tommy John surgery, was 1-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 14 games with Class A Daytona.
— Carrie Muskat