Thursday, December 09, 2010

Astros snap up A-Rod in Rule 5; Rollins to Royals

Former Biscuits pitcher Aneury Rodriguez went to the Houston Astros in the Rule 5 draft today. He'll have to make Houston's major league roster coming out of spring training and remain in the majors all season or Tampa Bay can reclaim him.

In the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5, Heath Rollins went to the Kansas City Royals and Justin Dowdy to San Francisco.

Rollins, who made a surprisingly long stay in major league spring training, was demoted from Triple-A Durham to Montgomery in late May. He had a 5.22 ERA in his third year with the Biscuits.

Dowdy joined the Biscuits from an independent league this season and has had a dominating winter. He has an 0.73 ERA in 16 appearances with the Tomateros de Culiacan in the Mexican Pacific League.

The Rays also lost a player in the Double-A phase. Infielder Roan Salas, who played for the VSL Rays this year, went to Toronto. Salas hit .345 in 60 games.

Tampa Bay picked left-handed pitcher Cesar Cabral from Boston in the major league Rule 5. The 21-year-old had an 0.29 ERA in 17 games at low-Class A Greenville before a June promotion to high-A Salem where he had a 5.81 in 28 appearances.

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