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Blue Jays selected RHP Elvis Luciano from the Royals with the ninth pick in the Rule 5 draft.

Luciano is just 18 and wouldn't typically be available in the Rule 5 draft, but that he renegotiated his original minor league contract made him eligible. The righty, whom the Royals picked up from Arizona in the Jon Jay trade, had a 3.90 ERA and a 70/23 K/BB ratio in 67 innings as a starter in Rookie ball last year. There's no way he'll be ready to help the Jays next season, but his upside might make him worth keeping anyway. He could be the first player born in 2000 to play in the majors.
Dec 13 - 12:42 PM

Giants selected LHP Travis Bergen from the Blue Jays with the eighth pick in the Rule 5 draft.

The Jays joined the Astros and Dodgers in losing two prospects in the Rule 5 draft. Bergen, a 2015 seventh-round pick, had a 0.95 ERA and a 74/15 K/BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings of relief between high-A and Double-A las season. He'll compete for a spot in the Giants pen.
Dec 13 - 12:38 PM

Rangers selected RHP Chris Ellis from the Cardinals with the seventh pick in the Rule 5 draft.

Ellis is joining his third organization, having been traded from the Angels to the Braves in the Andrelton Simmons deal and the Braves to the Cardinals for Jaime Garcia in 2016. He was 10-4 with a 3.93 ERA and a 124/37 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A last season. The stuff is decent enough to maybe make him a fourth or fifth starter in the majors, but pitching in Texas will make things tough.
Dec 13 - 12:34 PM

Reds selected INF/OF Connor Joe from the Dodgers with the No. 6 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

The Reds plunder the Dodgers system even as the two teams are believed to be talking about a rather large trade involving Matt Kemp and Homer Bailey. The 26-year-old Joe had a .935 OPS in the minors last year, and he can play first and third and he's even tried catching. He's strictly bench material in the majors, but he could be of some use as a backup.
Dec 13 - 12:31 PM

Tigers selected RHP Reed Garrett from the Rangers with the No. 5 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

Garrett, a 2014 16th-round pick, made the move to the pen in 2017 and took a nice step forward last year, amassing a 2.04 ERA and a 61/20 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A. He throws in the mid-90s and has a quality slider, so he might stick as a short reliever.
Dec 13 - 12:21 PM
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