12/06/12 11:56 AM ET
Mets pick Lobstein in Rule 5 Draft, trade him for cash
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
The Mets drafted left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein from the Rays with the eighth pick in the Draft, then immediately flipped him to the Tigers for cash. Lobstein, 23, went 8-7 with a 4.06 ERA in 27 starts last season for Double-A Montgomery. Pursuant to Rule 5 regulations, the Tigers must keep him on their active Major League roster throughout next season or offer him back to the Rays.
Unlike last year, when they lost Rhiner Cruz to the Astros with the first overall pick, the Mets did not lose a player in this year's Rule 5 Draft. Arguably their most prominent unprotected player was third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez, who hit 24 home runs in the Minors last season but has never played a game above Class A.
Any player who signed his first professional contract before age 19 and has been in the organization for five years, or who signed after age 19 and has been in the organization for four years, is eligible for MLB's annual Rule 5 Draft if he is not protected on his organization's 40-man roster. If selected, a player must remain on his new club's active roster or disabled list all season, or be offered back to his original team at a discounted price.
The Mets have not made a selection since they took Brad Emaus from the Blue Jays in 2010, later offering Emaus back to Toronto when he scuffled as their starting second baseman. Emaus wound up returning to the Mets' organization last year but did not crack the Majors.