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 hav...

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