Pirates Could Trade Rule 5 Pick

Neal Huntington said today that the pool of available players for the 2010 Rule 5 draft wasn’t a good one, and that the Pirates could trade their first overall selection.  Deals involving Rule 5 selections aren’t uncommon.  Last year the Washington Nationals traded the first pick in the Rule 5 draft to the New York Yankees in exchange for relief pitcher Brian Bruney, who was coming off a season with a 3.92 ERA in 39 innings in relief, and had two years of control remaining.

Rule 5 trades have also been made as part of bigger overall deals.  Last year the Baltimore Orioles selected left handed pitcher Ben Snyder from the San Francisco Giants, and traded him to the Texas Rangers as the player to be named later to complete the Kevin Millwood trade from the previous season.  The Pirates have some history involving Rule 5 trades.  They drafted Sean White in 2006, then traded him to the Seattle Mariners for cash considerations.

While the talent pool in this year’s Rule 5 draft isn’t very strong, the Pirates do have the number one pick, which means they get their pick of the available players.  There are some good players to be had, despite the weak talent available.  For example, Aneury Rodriguez, who I detailed yesterday, is a guy who could compete for a rotation spot to start the 2011 season.  The Pirates could land a good player, although the lack of talent could also work in their favor for a trade by making the first pick more attractive.

The Rule 5 draft is on Thursday, the final day of the 2010 Winter Meetings.  Even if the Pirates traded their first overall pick, they could make another selection in the draft, assuming there was someone available that they liked.  They currently have four open roster spots, which gives them the opportunity to make multiple selections.

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  • Lee Young

    Tim….I agree completely. However, I am hoping KC STAYS lucky and EB starts GETTING LUCKY….lol

  • Greatone1210

    Bedard commented last night that the Giants were “hitting good pitches” and that he thought he was pitching well. I was very disappointed in his attitude towards his performace. Obviously something is wrong at this point in his game and needs corrected one way or another. I understand he needs to remain confident in himself and I agree but he needs to be realistic about his performance. I found it somewhat insulting to tell the media and fans he thinks he is pitching okay. If nothing else, there are options in Indy.

  • Craig

    Tim, if NH wanted to make a splash, shouldn’t he consider someone like Upton more so than Greinke or Hamels? Who do you think would hang up first: Hanson, Polanco, Grossman and Cain for J. Upton? Would you give up that much?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_46YTB5OO4O7UM2OVB44UZSTXNA Nate

      Replace Hanson w/ a pitcher and I’d be OK with that. I just feel that Hanson has made himself close to untouchable at this point. He is the ONLY SS w/ a stick in the system.

  • Dave Parker’s Unfiltered Camel

    Still think they need to sit Bedard, especially after last night. Hurdle couldn’t tolerate 4 inning performances from Lincoln. He shouldn’t from Bedard.