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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
The Cubs brass is not only discussing which free agents to pursue during their organizational meetings this week in Mesa but also which Minor Leaguers to keep on the 40-man roster. The roster is at 37. One player who could be available for the Rule 5 Draft if he isn’t added, according to the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald, is third baseman Marquez Smith, who is playing for the Tigres de Aragua in Venezuela. Smith was batting .271 with four homers, three doubles and 14 RBIs so far, including a 4-for-6 game Oct. 31. Smith began the season with Double-A Tennessee and batted .182 in 16 games but then hit .314 with 26 doubles, 17 homers and 53 RBIs in 91 games at Triple-A Iowa. A right-handed hitter, he batted .357 against lefties, .297 against right-handers. He also hit .326 with runners in scoring position. Smith, 25, was selected in the eighth round of the 2007 Draft; he played at Clemson.
– Carrie Muskat