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Mets pick Rosin in Rule 5 Draft, deal him to Dodgers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Seth Rosin from the Mets on Thursday, after the Mets selected him from the Phillies in the Rule 5 Draft. The Mets received cash to complete the deal.

Rosin, 25, went 9-6 with a 4.33 ERA in 23 starts and three relief appearances last year for Philadelphia's Double-A Reading affiliate. A fourth-round Draft pick of the Giants in 2010, Rosin struck out 96 batters and walked 35 in 126 2/3 innings.

Per Rule 5 Draft stipulations, Rosin must stick on the Dodgers' 25-man roster or disabled list all season or be offered back to his original club -- in this case, the Phils -- for $25,000. The Mets paid $50,000 to draft him for the Dodgers, who compensated New York for their trouble. Teams often make such Rule 5 Draft arrangements as favors to each other, as the Mets did last year for the Tigers with left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein.

Rosin owns a career 4.00 ERA over four professional seasons. He did not begin starting games regularly until this summer.

Neither the Mets nor the Dodgers lost any players in the Major League phase of this year's Rule 5 Draft. The Mets selected Rosin with the 10th overall pick, though four teams passed on the chance to pick before them.

Any player who signed his first professional contract before age 19 and has been in his organization for five seasons, or who signed after age 19 -- like Rosin -- and has been in his organization for four seasons, was eligible to be selected if not already on a 40-man roster. The Astros used the first overall pick to select left-hander Patrick Schuster from the D-backs and then traded him to the Padres, completing their recent deal for pitcher Anthony Bass.

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