Braves lose White in Rule 5 Draft
Pirates pick up hurler and then trade him away to Mariners
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Heading into Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, some Braves officials thought they may lose catcher Corky Miller. But by the time the proceedings were complete, their only loss was right-handed pitcher Sean White.
White was selected in the first round of the Major League phase by the Pirates, who in turn traded him to the Mariners for cash considerations. The 25-year-old right-hander was 5-6 with a 4.40 ERA at Double-A Mississippi this past season.
With their 40-man roster full, the Braves didn't have the ability to select a player in this year's Rule 5 Draft.
White, who was selected by the Braves in the eighth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, opened some eyes when he posted a 3.38 ERA in the eight innings he completed during Spring Training in 2006. But he was never viewed by the Atlanta organization as a legitimate Major League prospect.
The Mariners must keep White on their 25-man roster for this entire season. If they don't, they'll need to offer him back to the Braves at a cost of $25,000.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.