Blue Jays load up and unload arms in Rule V draft

The Blue Jays selected pitcher Brian Moran in the Rule V draft on Thursday, then traded him to the...

The Blue Jays selected pitcher Brian Moran in the Rule V draft on Thursday, then traded him to the Angels.

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:00 PM ET

It wasn’t trading former first-round pick Greg David for visas, but it was close.

Charlie Wilson leaned into the microphone with the fifth pick of the Rule V draft Thursday morning at the 111th winter meetings.

Who would the Blue Jays select?

The next George Bell, Kelly Gruber, Manny Lee, or Willie Upshaw?

“The Toronto Blue Jays select left-hander Brian Moran from the Tacoma roster,” said Wilson, director of minor-league operations.

And almost as quickly as Wilson uttered the words Moran, 2-5, with a 3.45 ERA and four saves at triple-A Tacoma and nephew of B.J. Surhoff, he was dealt to the Los Angeles Angels with the Jays receiving $244,000 US of international cap space.

“There are still some players out there from July 1 who we could sign for $50,000 or $80,000,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos told writers.

 


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