{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

{"content":["winter_meetings" ] }

Angels lose infielder Sanchez in Rule 5 Draft

Angels lose infielder Sanchez in Rule 5 Draft

|
Angels lose infielder Sanchez in Rule 5 Draft
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Utility infielder Angel Sanchez, whom the Angels signed to a Minor League contract just before the start of the offseason, was selected by the White Sox in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday.

The Angels, who will have their 40-man roster at 39 once starter Joe Blanton and reliever Sean Burnett pass their physicals, chose not to make a pick in the Major League portion of the Draft, which took place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and wrapped up the Winter Meetings.

Any player taken in the Rule 5 Draft costs his new club $50,000. That player must then remain on the drafting team's active Major League roster for the entirety of the following season, or be offered back to the original club for $25,000.

Sanchez, 29, has a .255/.304/.308 line in 184 career Major League games. In 107 games for the Astros' Triple-A affiliate this past season, he hit .320 with a .390 on-base percentage, prompting the Angels to give him a chance to compete for the backup-infielder spot this spring.

With Sanchez now gone, Tommy Field, who was claimed off waivers from the Twins, and Brendan Harris, signed to a Minor League deal, will compete with Andrew Romine for the utility-infield spot.

The Angels selected lefty-hitting outfielder Robbie Widlansky, who posted a .316/.404/.446 slash line for the Orioles' Double-A affiliate in 2012, during the Triple-A phase of the Draft.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"content":["winter_meetings" ] }
{"content":["winter_meetings" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español