The Indians lost two pitchers but gained a first baseman in this morning's Rule 5 draft, the final official event of the Winter Meetings in Nashville.
With first base a definite need, the Tribe took 24-year-old Chris McGuiness, who played last season at Frisco, the Double-A affiliate of the Rangers. In 123 games, McGuiness batted .268 with 25 doubles, 23 home runs, 77 RBI and 65 runs. In 456 at-bats, he struck out 107 times and drew 69 walks.
McGuiness began his professional career after being taken in the 13th round of the 2009 draft by the Red Sox.
With the second pick of Thursday’s lottery of players unprotected on the 40-man roster, the Cubs took Hector Rondon, 24, once a bright prospect in the Tribe farm system, who has had to overcome two serious injuries.
Rondon began his comeback on the mound last season by pitching twice in the Arizona Rookie League and twice at Akron, throwing a total of seven innings. The right-hander suffered a fractured elbow in 2011 and underwent elbow reconstruction surgery in 2010.
The Orioles took another Indians starter, T.J. McFarland, 23, who pitched at two levels in 2012. The left-hander posted an 8-2 record and 2.69 earned-run average in 10 starts for Akron and compiled an 8-6 record and 4.82 ERA at Columbus.