12/10/09 11:04 AM EST
Mets deal Rule 5 selection to Dodgers
Team picks, trades righty; no players lost in Majors phase
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
With the seventh pick in the Draft, the Mets selected Monasterios, a Venezuelan right-hander with a 3.72 ERA split between Philadelphia's Class A Clearwater and Double-A Reading affiliates last season. They then flipped Monasterios to the Dodgers, who made no selections of their own in the Major League portion of the Draft.
In the Rule 5 Draft, it costs teams $50,000 to select players, who then must spend the entire season -- with limited injury exceptions -- on the selecting team's 25-man roster or be offered back to their original clubs for $25,000.
Last year, the Mets selected right-handed pitchers Rocky Cherry and Darren O'Day -- the latter breaking camp with the team only to be designated for assignment in April and hook on in Texas, where he became a bullpen stalwart.
The Mets made no additional selections in the Major League portion of this year's Rule 5 Draft. In the Minor League portion, they selected four players: right-handed pitchers John Lujan and Rolando Valdez, first baseman Marshall Hubbard and left-handed pitcher Orlando Lara.
The Mets did not lose any players in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft. Righty Hayden Beard was taken by San Diego from the Gulf Coast League Mets in the Double-A phase.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.