By: T.J. Zuppe
While baseball's winter meetings draws to a conclusion, the Cleveland Indians made use of their fifth overall pick in the MLB Rule 5 Draft on Thursday morning. The Tribe selected first-baseman Chris McGuiness from the Texas Rangers organization with the fifth selection of the draft.
Here is the low-down on McGuiness:
The selection of McGuiness reportedly cost the Tribe $50,000. He must remain on the Indians' 25-man roster for the entire 2013 season or be offered back to the Texas Rangers for $25,000.
McGuiness joins a pile of minor league first-baseman Cleveland has collected. In addition to Matt LaPorta, the Tribe also has Lars Anderson, Mike McDade (recently claimed) and Russ Canzler on their 40-man roster.
However, Thursday was not all sunshine and lollipops for the Indians. Cleveland lost two minor leaguers in the Rule 5 Draft.
Right-handed pitcher Hector Rondon was taken by the Chicago Cubs and left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland was selected by the Baltimore Orioles.
Rondon is on the mend from two elbow surgeries. He was the Tribe's minor league pitcher of the year in 2009. McFarland was a former fourth-round pick by the Indians in 2007 and won 16 games between Triple-A and Double-A in 2012.
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