Padres Rule V selection, make trade

The San Diego Padres picked up Rich Thompson from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the rule V Draft conducted on Monday. Five of the first six picks were prospects in the Pirates organization. The Padres then traded Thompson to the Kansas City Royals for Jason Szuminski and cash.<br><br> No Padres were taken in the draft.<br><br> The skinny on Szuminski as well as a scouting report from our friends over at and the complete list of players taken:

The Padres traded Rich Thompson to the Royals for Jason Szuminski and cash in the Rule V Draft on Monday.

Szuminski is a right-hander, formerly of the Chicago Cubs. He has a mid-90's fastball to go with a slider and changeup. He projects as a middle reliever.

A player drafted in the Rule 5 draft must remain in the majors, be it on the 25-man roster or the disabled list, for all of the following season, or the club that drafted him must return him to his original club. Since a player to is returned must first be place on waivers, a third club can claim the player. The claiming club would then be responsible to the same rules placed upon the team that drafted him in the Rule 5 draft. offers up their take on Jason Szuminski

Players selected in the Rule 5 Draft held this morning at the Winter Meetings in New Orleans.

First Round

Team Player Position Organization
Detroit Chris Shelton c/1b Pittsburgh
San Diego Rich Thompson of Pittsburgh*
Tampa Bay Alec Zumwalt rhp Atlanta
New York (NL) Frank Brooks lhp Pittsburgh**
Milwaukee Jeff Bennett rhp Pittsburgh
Baltimore Jose Bautista 3b Pittsburgh
Cincinnati David Mattox rhp New York (NL)
Texas Chris Mabeus rhp Oakland
Colorado Matt White lhp Cleveland
Kansas City Jason Szuminski rhp Chicago (NL)*
Montreal Andy Fox if Texas
Toronto Talley Haines rhp Tampa Bay
Chicago (AL) Jason Grilli rhp Florida
St. Louis Hector Luna ss Cleveland
Boston Lenny Dinardo lhp New York (NL)
Houston Willy Taveras of Cleveland

Second Round

Team Player Position Organization
Detroit Mike Bumatay lhp Colorado
Colorado Luis Gonzalez if/of Cleveland
Boston Colter Bean rhp New York (AL)

Third Round

Team Player Position Organization
Detroit Lino Urdaneta rhp Cleveland

* The Padres traded Rich Thompson to the Royals for Jason Szuminski and cash.

** The Mets traded Frank Brooks to the A's for a player to be named. The A's are looking to make Brooks their closer this season.

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