Rodriguez is one of the top options available in the Rule 5 draft.
Day three of the winter meetings wrapped up without any moves being made by the Pittsburgh Pirates, although we did have several rumors and updates about players the Pirates are talking to. Day four will almost certainly bring at least one transaction, as the 2010 Rule 5 draft will take place at 9:00 AM, with the Pirates having the first overall pick.
The Pirates haven't said whether they will use the selection, or trade it away, noting that there have been several teams that have contacted them about trading up for the first pick. The Pirates could either choose to trade down, or trade the pick completely and avoid making a selection. They have said that the Rule 5 class is thin, although picking first overall avoids any issue with the talent level of the draft.
There was a lot of talk on day three about Elvin Ramirez, a right handed reliever in the New York Mets' farm system, being the likely number one ch...
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