Late night Rule 5 tidbits
Before calling it a night — have to rest up for the big Rule 5 draft in the morning (be sure to check out our broadcast on MLB.com at 8:30 a.m. Vegas time) — I figured I’d throw a couple of interesting names and rumors at you.
There were rumors the Nationals were going to trade the No. 1 pick — with some clubs interested in moving up to take Cardinals reliever Luis Perdomo — but they plan to use it to make their own selection. In fact, don’t be surprised if they take more than one player in the Major League phase. They are at 38 on their 40-man roster, so they have room for two.
Look for the Mariners to take a position player at No. 2, perhaps Yankees shortstop Reegie Corona.
The Padres, picking No. 3, also appear set to make multiple picks. Most feel they are after arms. If that’s the case, they could have an interest in Yankees RHP Ivan Nova. If they decide to go after a position player, they might like stolen-base king Everth Cabrera. Cabrera’s name has been mentioned quite a bit lately and if the Padres want him, they might need to take him with that No. 3 pick.
Look for the Pirates to go with an arm at No. 4 and the Orioles, last I heard, were shopping that No. 5 pick.
Some other names popping up late (some have been mentioned in the past, but were getting some buzz in the lobby late):
James Skelton, C, Tigers
Corey Wiimberley, INF, Rockies
Chuck Lofgren, LHP, Indians
This goes along with Donnie Veal continuing to get some major attention and Jordan Brown also being mentioned…
I’ll try to blog one more time in the a.m., time permitting before the 8:30 a.m. broadcast.