Cubs Add RHP Trevor Megill In Rule 5 Draft

Megill had a 4.47 ERA in 32 relief appearances at Triple-A in 2019.

670 The Score Staff
December 12, 2019 - 11:28 am

(670 The Score) The Cubs' lone move at the Winter Meetings was a minor one.

Chicago selected right-hander Trevor Megill from San Diego in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday morning. The 26-year-old Megill has never pitched in the big leagues.

The 6-foot-8 Megill posted a 3.86 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 39 relief appearances across three minor league levels in 2019. He finished the season at Triple-A, where he had a 4.47 ERA in 32 relief appearances.

The Cubs also lost right-hander Michael Rucker to the Orioles and utilityman Vimael Machin to the Phillies in the Rule 5 Draft. Rucker posted a 4.18 ERA in time split between Double-A and Triple-A last season, while Machin had seven homers, 65 RBIs and an .802 OPS in 129 games split between Double-A and Triple-A.

Teams that add a player in the Rule 5 Draft must pay $100,000 to the club that they acquired him from. The drafted player must then stay on his new team's 25-man roster for the entirety of the next season. To be removed from the roster, he must be placed on outright waivers and he's also subject to being offered back to his previous team for $50,000.

In the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft, the Cubs selected right-hander Brock Stewart from the Blue Jays, first baseman Jerrick Suiter from the Pirates, outfielder Vance Vizcaino from the Rockies and infielder David Masters from the Nationals. The Cubs also lost left-hander Faustino Carrera (to the Rays) and infielder Carlos Sepulveda (Dodgers) in the minor league portion.

The Cubs' 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.