Rule 5 update: Royals select Castro, Mitch Maier staying put...

Minutes ago, the Royals selected Fabio Castro -- as expected -- with the first pick of the 2005 Rule 5 draft. They are now expected to trade him to either Texas or Philadelphia. The draft went quickly, with we believe 12 players selected, and RC was pleased to learn that Royals outfield prospect Mitch Maier was not one of the players taken. This clears the path for the Royals to send Maier back to AA Wichita in 2006, where he can hopefully get his career back on track.

Mitch Maier is still a Royal.

The Royals did lose two players, however. Victor Santos and Seth Etherton -- both of whom the Royals signed as minor league free agents earlier this offseason -- were taken in the Major League portion of the draft. RC was hopeful Etherton would be given a shot at making the club in Spring Training, but this still isn't exactly a great loss.


At 12/08/2005 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a prediction: we will be handed back one of the two in 2006.

At 12/08/2005 2:29 PM, Blogger ksuim4u said...

So now that Runelvys has signed with Bora$ should we go ahead and trade him, or just wait until he's ready to leave? I LOATHE that guy (Bora$, and to some extent Hernandez now that he's signed with him).

At 12/08/2005 2:53 PM, Blogger Dave said...

Kinda makes your stomach churn, doesn't it?

But no, you don't trade him now. You never sell low. You wait. You hope Hernandez increases his value over the next 1-2 years. THEN you deal him. You sell high.

Don't even mess around trying to sign him, because we know that with Boras, it won't happen.

I understand how players need to look out for their own best interests, and I can empathize. And I understand that Boras gets more money for his clients than any other agent. But for some reason, I still can feel nothing but disgust for both Boras and his clients. It's a shame Elvys had to join his ranks. I just hope he keeps Boras out of the clubhouse, because we don't need him getting his grubby hands on any of our other players.

At 12/08/2005 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bor-ass has ensured that Runelvys won't be part of our long term plans, but we should wait until he peaks before we consider trading him. Anyone know when his contract is up?

At 12/08/2005 3:02 PM, Blogger Dave said...

Without looking to be sure, I believe we own Hernandez's rights for three more years. I don't think he pitched enough in 2002 to have that count against his FA clock, although I could be wrong -- in which case we'd have him for two more years.

At 12/08/2005 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to see Santos go, he was a good pickup and really shouldn't have trouble sticking on a ML roster.

Honestly, I'd have rather seen Maier go, just cause he probably wouldn;t stick on a ML roster, and in the long term he's probably most valuble to the royals as trade bait.



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