Mets select LHP Kyle Lobstein in Rule 5 Draft, traded to Tigers for cash

Rule 5 DraftThe MLB Rule 5 draft was held this morning at 10 am in Nashville as the final official order of business at the MLB Winter Meetings.

The Mets selected LHP Kyle Lobstein from the Rays’ Triple-A Roster, and then they traded him to the Tigers for cash, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

During the draft, Jonathan Mayo of said the Tigers wanted Lobstein before the draft started.

In 27 starts for Double-A Montgomery, Lobstein went 8-7 with a 4.06 ERA, having allowed 69 walks with 129 strikeouts in 144 innings.

The Mets did not make any selections in the Minor League portions of the draft.

The Mets did not lose anyone in either the Major League or Minor League draft.

Yesterday, Sandy Alderson told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York the Mets were unlikely to take a player in the Rule 5 draft.

MLB teams can select from a list of young players, meeting specific criteria, who were left unprotected this winter. However, if a player is selected in the Major League phase, the new team must carry him on their 25-man roster all season or instead offer him back to the old team for $25,000.

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Jonathan Mayo said on it’s not uncommon for teams to draft players for other teams in process. In the case of the Mets and Tigers, Mayo tweeted the Tigers were concerned Lobstein wouldn’t fall to their slot in the Major League portion draft, and so they asked another team to take him for them.