2011 Rule 5 Draft Liveblog

Report: Yu Darvish will be posted tomorrow
Angels sign Albert Pujols (UPDATE: And C.J. Wilson too)

The Rule 5 Draft is the unofficial end of the Winter Meetings, a snoozefest of fringe prospects and journeymen joining new teams hoping to find a diamond in the rough. But because we love fringe prospects and journeymen here at RAB, I’ll be liveblogging the whole thing.

Just five of the 19 picks in last year’s Rule 5 Draft managed to stick with their new team, with lefty specialist Joe Paterson of the Diamondbacks likely representing the best of the bunch (3.44 FIP in 34 IP). Joel Sherman says the Yankees were going to take Paterson last year, but Arizona beat them too it. They ended up rolling the dice on righty Danny Turpen and lefty Robert Fish instead, but neither player made it through Spring Training. They lost George Kontos (Padres) and Lance Pendleton (Astros), but both were returned before the season started and eventually made their big league debuts later in the summer. Expect more of the same this year.

The Yankees protected five players — IF Corban Joseph, RHP David Phelps, RHP D.J. Mitchell, OF Zoilo Almonte, and IF David Adams — but did not clear any additional roster space in advance of this year’s draft. They have one open 40-man roster spot, so they can select only one player in the Major League portion of the draft. Joel Sherman says they were planning to make a pick as of last night, and I’m hoping for Ryan Flaherty, a left-handed hitting utility guy in the Cubs’ system, but he’s unlikely to get to them. The Hiroyuki Nakajima stuff could also affect their pursuit of bench help. Pat Venditte is the player they’re most likely to lose, just because someone will want to take a look at the left/right thing in camp. I expect him to be offered back at some point.

I apologize in advance for any misspellings, some of these names will be tough. The draft is scheduled to start at 10am ET, so I’ll open up the chat/liveblog a few minutes before that.

Report: Yu Darvish will be posted tomorrow
Angels sign Albert Pujols (UPDATE: And C.J. Wilson too)
  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

    OT but F it. Albert to Angels 10/250. Holy mother of Mo.

  • Burnett’s tight WHIP

    Damn the Arte Moreno to hell for doling out $250-260 million on Pujols. Feel bad for Cardinals fans. Feel worse for AJ Burnett’s WHIP against the Angels.

  • Dropped Third Superstar

    It’ll work out for the first 4 years before albert becomes Arod 2.0

    • thenamestsam

      I agree that this is probably a fair salary or slight underpay for the first few years, but the problem from my perspective is whether they’re really in position to take advantage of it in the first 4 years. When you sign a deal like this you really have to make those first few years pay off big time, and I still think the Angels need to do more to get to that elite level. I wonder if they’re still in on C.J. Wilson?

  • Ro

    So wait, we just landed two players from the Rule 5. Cabral from Royals in a trade and Meyers from the Nat’s. Who are these guys? Any potential.

  • IB6 UB9

    Meyers could be spring protection against a severe rash of injuries.

    Cabral they will keep as Logan’s understudy, saving them from the $3-4M contract to an established injury guy.

  • Plank

    If they added 2 players, who got dropped from the 40? Or is the Cabral trade not official yet?

  • Plank

    How many people are in the room for the draft? Who is the announcer? Were you the only person live blogging it?