Here we are, in a big room full of big tables. And we’re about to hear some small names with a small chance of sticking on a big league roster. It was just announced taht the draft will start in two minutes.
The buzz here, beyond the Rule 5, is that the Yankees have upped their Cliff Lee offer to seven years. They obviously need him, and after Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford got seven, I’m sure they were concerned that Lee could get seven from some other team.
UPDATE, 9:02 a.m.: Josh Rodriguez, a Cleveland infielder, is the first pick going to Pittsburgh. Ouch, and Seattle follows with a Cleveland pitcher.
UPDATE, 9:05 a.m.: The Mets just lost a pitcher named Elvin Ramirez.
UPDATE, 9:06 a.m.: Six or seven teams in a row just passed.
UPDATE, 9:07 a.m.: George Kontos was just taken by San Diego. That’s one Yankees prospect off the board.
UPDATE, 9:08 a.m.: Yankees just took lefty Robert Fish from the Angels.
UPDATE, 9:11 a.m.: And there goes Lance Pendleton. The Yankees have now lost a second pitcher in the Rule 5.
UPDATE, 9:12 a.m.: In the greatest upset of all time, the Yankees took a second Rule 5 pick, a Red Sox pitcher named Daniel Turpen.