Brewers snag lefty in Rule 5, then deal
Campusano acquired from Cubs, traded to Tigers for cash
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Brewers selected a left-handed pitcher in the Major League phase of Thursday's Rule 5 Draft and traded him to Detroit for cash.
Edward Campusano was on the Cubs' Triple-A roster and was left unprotected by Chicago. The Tigers made left-handed relief a priority this week at the Winter Meetings, and may use Campusano as a complement to Wilfredo Ledezma.
By rule, a player selected in the Major League portion of the draft must remain on his new team's 25-man roster all season, or be offered back for half of the original $50,000 claim cost. Detroit sent an additional $75,000 to Milwaukee for making the pick, money Brewers general manager Doug Melvin plans to use for future waiver claims.
The deal with Detroit was finalized immediately after the Devil Rays spent the first overall pick on outfielder Ryan Goleski, who topped out at the Indians' Double-A affiliate in 2006. Milwaukee has been seeking offers for its corner outfielders all week, including Geoff Jenkins and Kevin Mench, but Brewers director of pro scouting Dick Groch said the team was poised to select the 24-year-old Goleski with the intent of keeping him on the roster.
A total of 46 players were selected in the Rule 5 Draft, including 19 in the Major League phase. The Brewers selected first baseman Michael Carlin off the Pittsburgh Pirates' Double-A roster in the first round of the Triple-A phase of the draft. Carlin, 25, hit .285 with 15 home runs and 84 RBIs in 132 games at two Pirates affiliates in 2006.
The Brewers lost a player in the second round of the Minor League portion, when Oakland selected right-handed reliever Josh Alliston off the Double-A Huntsville roster.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.