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Rays have three players taken in Rule 5 Draft

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tampa Bay did not select any players in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, but the Rays did see their numbers reduced by three players on the final day of the Winter Meetings.

Left-hander Kyle Lobstein was the first to go when the Mets selected him with the eighth pick of the Major League phase. Lobstein, who came to Tampa Bay as a second-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, went 8-7 with a 4.06 ERA in 27 starts at Double-A Montgomery in 2012.

Shortly after selecting Lobstein, the Mets traded him to the Tigers for cash considerations.

In the second round of the Major League phase, the Marlins selected left-hander Braulio Lara. Lara joined the Rays organization as a free agent in January 2008 and posted a 6-10 record with a 5.71 ERA in 25 games for Class A Charlotte.

"We have a lot of pitching in our organization," said farm director Mitch Lukevics. "We fairly evaluate this, and sometimes you might lose a player. Kyle Lobstein's a good player, and the same with Braulio Lara. They have very good makeup. But through the evaluation process, we felt we couldn't put them on the 40-man roster. And, fortunately for them, they got selected."

Finally, the Rays lost right-hander Scott Shuman to the Giants in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Shuman joined Tampa Bay as a 19th-round selection in the 2009 Draft. He went 0-1 with an 8.83 ERA in 29 games for Montgomery in 2012.

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