Sox Select Rutledge In Rule 5 Draft
The Boston Red Sox continued a busy week of moves as they selected Josh Rutledge from the Colorado Rockies in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday morning.
Rutledge had been with the Sox prior to the transaction today, being traded to Boston in 2015 in a deal that sent Shane Victorino to the Angels. Boston designated Rutledge that year and he later was promoted in 2016 to replace Pablo Sandoval on the roster before having a season ending knee surgery in June. He elected free agency after being outrighted to the minors and signed a deal with the Colorado Rockies last month.
By MLB rules, Rutledge will have to remain on the Sox active 25-man roster for the entire 2017 season or they will have to offer the infielder back to the Rockies.
Boston also lost pitcher Justin Haley and second baseman Aneury Tavarez to the draft, going to the Angels and Baltimore respectively. Haley had 3.01 ERA in 26 starts between Portland and Pawtucket, while Tavarez hit 330 in 111 games in AA and AAA a season ago.