Report: Royals to trade first pick in Rule 5

Sorry about the crappy photo, folks, but hey, who else has an original photo of Fabio Castro?

Jonathan Mayo of is reporting that the Royals are set to trade their first overall pick in tomorrow's Rule 5 draft to an undisclosed team, which will then select LHP Fabio Castro. There has reportedly been much interest in the 5'-8" White Sox farmhand, although there is as of yet no news about who or what the Royals might receive in return. This blasts a hole in our Kevin Howard theory, but oh well. We'll be interested in hearing what the Royals get in return, and we suspect it very well may be something we can really use.

In other news from tonight, the expected signing of backup catcher Todd Pratt has reportedly hit a "snag." KC Royals beat writer Dick Kaegel failed to elaborate, but RC suspects it likely has something to do with the Atlanta Braves, who earlier today traded Johnny Estrada to the Diamondbacks and are now in search of a backup catcher.

Kaegel also reports that Allard Baird expects to sign a middle reliever as early as Thursday (presumably Elmer Dessens, who was not offered arbitration today by the Dodgers), and he may complete a trade for an unknown 2B. Stay tuned, as RC promises to continue providing the best coverage you'll find anywhere of the Royals' activity at the Winter Meetings.


At 12/08/2005 1:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard the first pick might be the PTBNL in the Redman deal.

At 12/08/2005 1:55 AM, Blogger Dave said...

I have doubts about that. We'll see.

At 12/08/2005 2:15 AM, Blogger royalsbeliever said...

I doubt it too. I'm hoping that the PTBNL is a low-level prospect now worth much.

At 12/08/2005 2:17 AM, Blogger royalsbeliever said...

The Royals have re-signed Joe McEwing, what a joke.

At 12/08/2005 3:09 AM, Blogger Dave said...

1) I have some information that Chad Blackwell was the PTBNL

2) Who cares about McEwing? It's so insignificant a signing -- a minor league contract nonetheless -- that it's not even worth mentioning.

At 12/08/2005 10:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if the Royals think they can get two picks on the 40-man roster, then flip one....

At 12/08/2005 5:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT move by Baird switching the #1 pick (Castro) with German.

Nobody decent avalible, so he flips the pick for someone who could be an impact player at a position of need. Plus, he won't have to deal with the roster shenaingans and loss of development that usually acompanys rule 5 picks.

Kudos Allard.



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