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Indians stand pat in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft

By Stephanie Storm Published: December 12, 2013

The Indians did not selct a player, nor did they have any of their unprotected players selected, in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.

They weren't the only team to sit out of the Major and Minor League phase of the annual draft in which teams can select a player for $50,000 in exchange for keeping that player on the 25-man roster.

Only nine teams selected players in the Major League phase of the draft, as opposed to an average of 17 players taken over the last five drafts.

The most notable moment of the day came in the Minor League phase of the draft when the Texas Rangers selected second baseman Russell Wilson. Yep, that Wilson, the 25-year-old Seattle Seahawks quarterback.

Wilson, a former second baseman in the Colorado Rockies organization, hadn't played baseball since 2011 and never above Class-A. Of course the move was purely promotinal and won't net the soon-to-be Pro Bowler, who originally was the Rockies fourth-round selection in the 2010 draft.


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