DALLAS — The Nationals wrapped up the 2011 winter meetings by making an $84,000 profit at the Rule 5 draft Thursday morning. The Nationals did not select anyone in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft but lost outfielder Erik Komatsu to St. Louis and left-hander Brad Meyers to the Yankees.
They selected catcher Beau Seabury from the Rockies’ organization in the Triple-A portion of the draft and right-handed pitcher Matthew Buschmann from San Diego in the Double-A section.
The Nationals were expecting to lose more than just Meyers, knowing they’re very deep in starting pitching and had prepared for the possibility that they’d lose Komatsu as well, the outfielder acquired in the trade this past season that sent Jerry Hairston Jr. to the Brewers.
“You can only protect so many players,” said Nationals GM Mike Rizzo. “When we pref out our own players, we felt that we have enough depth to absorb if we were to lose a starting pitcher or two.
“It goes with the territory when you build a minor league system and the farm system is getting better, it often happens that you lose a player because you just can’t protect everybody.”
Komatsu hit .277 with a .364 on-base percentage and seven home runs in 2011 but just .234 with one homer and a .298 on-base percentage during his time with Double-A Harrisburg. Meyers struggled with some injury issues this season but finished with a 3.18 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A Syracuse this year. As noted earlier, Meyers has a ridiculous 7.73 strikeout to walk ratio which is attractive to any team. If the Yankees see him as a possible long-relief option, there’s a chance he could stick with them for the season. If either player is returned, the Nationals will return $25,000 of the $50,000 received for each player.