Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville

First off, let me say that the I am happy the Winter Meetings are over because for the most part it’s been one big rumor mill.

Before getting to the Rule 5 draft results, let’s take a look at what else happened or didn’t happen on the final day in Nashville.

Former Astros GM Tim Purpura was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of MiLB.

The Washington Nationals signed free agent 1B/3B Aaron Boone to a 1-year $1 million deal and re-signed Wily Mo Peña and Ryan Langerhans to one year deals. Wily Mo’s contract is for $2 million plus an option while Langerhans will get $500,000.

Jay Marshall returns to the Oakland A’s after being claimed off waivers from the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox had claimed Marshall after the season but put him on waivers yesterday.

Jose Guillen and Jay Gibbons received 15-day suspensions for violating MLB’s drug policy. They had allegedly bought HGH and were implicated in the on going investigation of Signature Pharamacy and a wellness center in Palm Beach, Florida. Gibbons did admit yesterday that he did take HGH.

The Yankees engaged the Giants in talks about Hideki Matsui.

The Red Sox left the winter meetings without Johan Santana on their roster. Theo Epstein said that they will still be talking with the Twins as they (Twins) decide what they want to do with him.

A look at how the Rule 5 draft works and the results after the jump.

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For those who don’t know what the Rule 5 draft is, I will leave it to the fine folks at Baseball America to explain it to you.

Included in the new CBA, which went into effect last October, was an alteration to the Rule 5, giving teams an extra year of protection to further aid the development process. Instead of clubs having three years (for players signed at age 19 or older) or four years (for players 18 and younger) to wait before adding players to the major league 40-man roster, they now have four and five years.

The Rule 5 draft is split into two segments: In the major league phase, clubs draft eligible players off Triple-A reserve lists. Players selected in the major league phase of the draft cost $50,000 each and must remain on the selecting team’s big league roster for all of the 2008 season or be offered back to the player’s original team for $25,000.

The minor league phase is split into two sections—the Triple-A phase and the Double-A phase. In the Triple-A phase, clubs draft players off Double-A reserve lists for $12,000 apiece; in the Double-A phase, clubs draft players off Class A reserve lists for $4,000 each. In neither case do players drafted have to be returned to their original team.

Here is a look at the results of the Rule 5 draft from all three phases.

MLB Phase
Pick Player Pos. Drafted By Drafted from 2007 Club
1 Tim Lahey RHP Tampa Bay Minnesota Rochester
2 Evan Meek RHP Pittsburgh Tampa Bay Montgomery
3 Randor Bierd RHP Baltimore Detroit Erie
4 Jose Capellan LHP San Francisco Boston Lowell
5 Carlos Guevara RHP Florida Cincinnati Chattanooga
6 Sergio Valenzuela RHP Cincinnati Atlanta Rome
7 Matt Whitney 3B Washington Cleveland Rome
8 Wesley Wright LHP Houston Los Angeles (NL) Jacksonville
9 Fernando Hernandez RHP Oakland Chicago (AL) Birmingham
10 Brian Barton OF St. Louis Cleveland Buffalo
11 Randy Wells RHP Toronto Chicago (NL) Iowa
12 R.A. Dickey RHP Seattle Minnesota Iowa
13 Steven Register RHP New York (NL) Colorado Tulsa
14 Michael Gardner RHP San Diego New York (AL) Trenton
15 Travis Blackley LHP Philadelphia San Francisco Fresno
16 Garrett Guzman OF Washington Minnesota New Britain
17 Callix Crabbe 2B San Diego Milwaukee Nashville
18 Lincoln Holdzkom RHP Philadelphia Boston Pawtucket
Triple-A Phase
Pick Player Pos. Drafted By Drafted from 2007 Club
1 Rashad Eldridge OF Durham (TB) Minnesota New Britain
2 Josh Hill RHP Indianapolis (PIT) Minnesota New Britain
3 Ray Liotta LHP Omaha (KC) Chicago (AL) Winston-Salem
4 Ryan Rodriguez LHP Norfolk (BAL) Chicago (AL) Winston-Salem
5 Juan Ciriaco SS Fresno (SF) San Diego Lake Elsinore
6 Smelin Perez SS Albuquerque (FLA) Pittsburgh State College
7 Juan Apodaca C Louisville (CIN) Los Angeles (NL) Great Lakes
8 Santo Luis RHP Charlotte (CWS) Houston Lexington
9 Giuseppe Norrito RHP Round Rock (HOU) Los Angeles (NL) Jacksonville
10 Levi Romero RHP Oklahoma (TEX) Houston N/A
11 Jose Fragoso RHP Sacramento (OAK) Detroit Oneonta
12 Victor Garate LHP Las Vegas (LAD) Houston Tri-City
13 Joe Bateman RHP Nashville (MIL) San Francisco Connecticut
14 Marcos Cabral SS Syracuse (TOR) Washington Hagerstown
15 Juan Cedeno LHP Toledo (DET) Washington Wichita
16 Garry Bakker RHP New Orleans (NYM) Chicago (AL) Winston-Salem
17 Gabe DeHoyos RHP Portland (SD) Kansas City Wichita
18 Patrick Sellers 3B Ottawa (PHI) Houston Corpus Christi
19 Bo Hall RHP Scranton/WB (NYY) Milwaukee Huntsville
20 Julio Puentes RHP Durham (TB) Houston VSL Astros
21 Mauricio Mendez RHP Indianapolis (PIT) Boston GCL Red Sox
22 Tim Brown 1B Norfolk (BAL) San Diego San Antonio
23 Daron Roberts OF Albuquerque (FLA) Chicago (AL) Winston-Salem
24 Dustin Majewski OF Oklahoma (TEX) Toronto New Hampshire
25 Jose Rojas RHP Sacramento (OAK) Cincinnati Sarasota
26 Richard Campbell RHP Nashville (MIL) Washington Harrisburg
27 Brant Colamarino 1B Syracuse (TOR) Oakland Sacramento
28 Benjamin Fritz RHP Toledo (DET) Oakland Midland
29 Kurt Isenberg LHP Portland (SD) Toronto New Hampshire
30 Luke Appert 2B Ottawa (PHI) Oakland Midland
31 Jose Mejias RHP Durham (TB) New York (NL) VSL Mets
32 Corey Hamman LHP Indianapolis (PIT) Detroit Toledo
33 Clayton Hamilton RHP Oklahoma (TEX) Pittsburgh Lynchburg
34 Scott Mitchinson RHP Sacramento (OAK) Philadelphia Lakeland
35 Juan Sandoval RHP Nashville (MIL) Seattle Tacoma
36 Jaime Trejo 3B Oklahoma (TEX) Atlanta Quintana Roo
Double-A Phase
Pick Player Pos. Drafted By Drafted from 2007 Club
1 Rafael Cruz Chavez RHP Altoona (PIT) Los Angeles (AL) Veracruz
2 J.P Martinez RHP Bowie (BAL) Minnesota Rochester
3 Kenny Fernandez RHP Carolina (FLA) Philadelphia DSL Phillies
4 Francisco Cordova RHP Frisco (TEX) Los Angeles (AL) Quintana Roo
5 Baltazar Lopez 1B Mobile (ARI) Los Angeles (AL) Chihuahua
6 Adalberto Mendez RHP Carolina (FLA) Chicago (NL) Tennessee

Lahey was traded from the Rays to the Cubs after the draft and doesn’t have to stay on the Cubs 25-man roster in 2008. The Reds traded Guevara to the Padres for cash after the draft as well. The Red Sox did lose 3 pitchers who didn’t factor into the 25-man roster for 2008.