The Phils have been one of baseball's most successful players in the Rule 5 Draft, which gets underway today at 10 a.m. from the Winter Meetings in Dallas. The Phils pick 30th and are hoping for more success in identifying undervalued contributors, having made it to the finish line with their last two draftees: David Herndon and Michael Martinez. Mini-Mart, for all his foibles, became the only position player to stay on the active roster of a drafting team last season. The Phils are also hoping that outfielder Jiwan James proves to be too raw to warrant a roster spot on a drafting team. But reports have indicated that the unprotected outfielder will indeed get taken today. Discuss the draft in the open thread below.
Albert the Angel: Pujols gets his blockbuster payday from the cinderella Angels for a reported 10 years between $250-260 million. Discuss that, too, and how does the Ryan Howard deal look in comparison?