NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Relief pitcher Tim Lahey was the first selection in the winter meetings draft on Thursday, picked from Minnesota by the Tampa Bay Rays and then sold to the Chicago Cubs.
Lahey spent most of this season at Double-A New Britain of the Eastern League, going 8-4 with 13 saves and a 3.45 ERA in 50 games. The right-hander struck out 56 in 78 1-3 innings.
In an event known as the Rule 5 draft, 18 players were selected off Triple-A rosters at a cost of $50,000 each. Players chosen in the draft must stay on the active major league roster with their new club all season or be offered back to their old team for $25,000.
The Twins lost three players in the draft, including right-hander Robert Dickey and outfielder Garrett Guzman.
``It's a great opportunity for him (Dickey) because he got a roster spot out of it that he didn't have with us. He goes to their big league camp,'' Twins general manager Bill Smith said. ``We were a little disappointed because we were kind of excited to have him.''
Boston and Cleveland each lost two players.
Fourteen of the 18 players selected were pitchers.
Advertisement

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail A's Season Win Total Prediction How many games will the Oakland A's win this upcoming MLB season?
Thumbnail Padres Win Total Prediction How many games will the San Diego Padres win in the 2017 MLB regular season?
Thumbnail Cards lose Reyes, WS Odds Unchanged Earlier this week the Cardinals lost phenom Alex Reyes to season-ending Tommy John surgery but their World Series odds remain unaffected.
Thumbnail MLB Home Run Champion Odds Which player will hit the most regular season home runs in Major League Baseball in 2017? Let's take a look at the odds.
Thumbnail Middle infielder fills big hole as camp opens After using his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade to the Braves in November, Brandon Phillips has clearly warmed to the idea of...

MLB Team Pages