Rhiner Cruz top pick in Rule 5 draft

Updated: December 8, 2011, 4:16 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

DALLAS -- The Houston Astros have made pitcher Rhiner Cruz the top pick in baseball's Rule 5 draft.

The draft of players left off the 40-man rosters of major league teams was held Thursday at the winter meetings.

The right-handed Cruz was a combined 5-3 with seven saves in Class A and Double A for the New York Mets. A total of 12 players were picked in the major league portion of the draft, with teams paying $50,000 to claim them. A drafted player must stay on his new team's 25-man ...

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