Results tagged ‘ Rule 5 Draft ’

12/11 Rule 5 Draft

The Cubs selected shortstop Taylor Featherston in the Major League phase of the Rule 5, but did not keep him long. Shortly after picking Featherston, 25, off the Rockies’ Triple-A roster, the Cubs dealt him to the Angels for cash considerations. The Cubs did the same in December 2006 when they used their pick to take Josh Hamilton off the Devil Rays roster, and the outfielder was immediately traded to the Reds in a pre-arranged deal.

Players taken in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft must stay on that team’s big league roster the entire season.

“We’re probably going to have to make some difficult decisions on our roster as we finalize our team,” GM Jed Hoyer said Thursday. “We’re getting to the position where our 40-man is more talented, and you have to weigh those casualties more than we did in the past.”

The Cubs did lose a player as the Marlins selected left-handed pitcher Andrew McKirahan. He was 2-4 with a 2.08 ERA in 44 games at Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee last season, striking out 57 over 65 innings. The lefty was a 21st round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

In the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft, the Cubs selected outfielder Ariel Ovando off the Astros’ Double-A roster, but he won’t be an outfielder for long. The plan is to convert him to a pitcher.

“He’s struggled somewhat to hit over the years,” Cubs scouting and player development director Jason McLeod said Thursday. “Our scouts really like the arm strength. [Ovando] knows that’s the reason we took him is to convert him and try it out. It’s a low risk, potential high upside, understanding it’s a project. The kid is aware of it and that’s our goal going forward.”

Ovando, 21, batted .237 last season at Class A Tri-City. The Astros signed him as a 16-year-old for $2.6 million. McLeod said some of the Cubs international scouts had seen the left-hander at that time and liked him as a pitching prospect then.

The Cubs did lose two players in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft as the Rangers chose first baseman Rock Shoulders and the Astros took catcher Luis Flores. Shoulders, 23, has a career .243 batting average in four seasons, batting .223 last year at Class A Daytona. Flores, 28, batted .253 last season at Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee, and has a career .213 average in seven Minor League seasons.

* Next week, the Cubs will complete two more transactions and finalize the players to be named later in two deals. They need to send a player to the Red Sox to complete the July 30 deal in which the Cubs acquired left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront.

The Cubs also will get one more player from the Athletics to complete the July 4 deal. Chicago sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics for Minor Leaguers Billy McKinney and Addison Russell, pitcher Dan Straily, and a player to be named later.

The deadline to finalize those deals is Monday.

– Carrie Muskat

12/10 Rule 5 Draft

The Cubs have the eighth pick in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday, and were expected to complete two deals done earlier this year and reveal the players to be named later.

Theo Epstein said they may not make a selection Thursday in the Rule 5 Draft but have had other teams interested in their pick. In December 2006, the Cubs used their pick in the Rule 5 Draft to take Josh Hamilton off the Devil Rays roster, but the outfielder was immediately dealt to the Reds.

The Cubs’ 40-man roster is at 38, with pitchers Jason Hammel and Jon Lester still to be formally added once their deals are completed.

The Cubs were expected to complete two earlier transactions. They owe the Red Sox a player for the July 30 deal in which the Cubs acquired left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront. On July 4, the Cubs dealt Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics for Minor Leaguers Billy McKinney and Addison Russell, pitcher Dan Straily, and a player to be named later. That transaction also was to be finalized Thursday.

– Carrie Muskat

12/5 Phillies to get Cubs’ pick in Rule 5 Draft

The Cubs did not plan on taking a player in next week’s Rule 5 Draft but have apparently lost that selection because of a grievance filed by the Phillies. In December 2011, the Cubs selected right-hander Lendy Castillo from the Phillies’ organization. Castillo spent most of the 2012 season on the disabled list with a groin injury, and appeared in 13 games for the Cubs. Any player selected in the Rule 5 Draft must stay on a team’s active roster for the entire season. To prevent abuse of the draft, the player selected must be active for at least 90 days. That keeps teams from selecting players and placing them on the disabled list for the majority of the season. Castillo missed 91 days in 2012, and spent all of the 2013 season in the Minor Leagues. The Phillies will have the Cubs’ selection in the Rule 5 Draft as compensation.

– Carrie Muskat

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

11/5 Roster decisions

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

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