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Indians slide by Rule 5

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Lastoria with a nice little write-up on an uneventful Rule 5 draft. We lost nobody in the major league phase and two guys in the minor league phase who've never made it past the Rookie Leagues. Some folks have kicked up fusses in the past over losing guys like Brian Barton, but I can't help but feel that this was a particularly good year for us not to lose anyone. In 2008, Chuck Lofgren went through an emotionally wrenching year as a very young man, while Jordan Brown may not have been fully recovered from knee surgery. Just two years ago, when Atom Miller was at his prospecty peak, Lofgren looked to be only one step behind him, and Brown was a consistent performer who appeared headed perhaps toward a Lyle Overbay level of short-term usefulness. Each of these guys may well have been hampered by One Thing in 2008, and its entirely possible that one or both will overcome their respective One Things in 2009 and re-emerge as significant prospects. Likely? No. Impact players? Almost certainly not. In an actuarial sense, these guys were expendable and needed to be treated as such by the Indians for this draft. But they are more likely than most potential Rule 5 picks to make significant gains in the next year.

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