Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have made a trade following the Rule 5 draft. The Twins traded right-handed pitcher Miguel Diaz, whom they selected first overall in the Rule 5 draft, to the San Diego Padres in exchange for right-handed pitcher Justin Haley and a player to be named later or cash considerations. Haley was selected eighth overall in the Rule 5 draft by the Los Angeles Angels (from the Boston Red Sox organization) and later acquired by the Padres.
Haley split the 2016 season between Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland, where he went 13-10 with a 3.01 ERA (146.2 IP, 49 ER), 45 walks, 126 strikeouts and two complete game shutouts in 27 games (26 starts) and was named to MiLB.com’s organizational All-Star team for Boston. In five seasons with the Red Sox organization, he went 35-44 with a 3.41 ERA (559.0 IP, 212 ER), 224 walks and 485 strikeouts. The 25-year-old was selected by Boston in the sixth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Fresno State.
Below are the Twins previous Rule 5 picks dating back to 2005:
2014 J.R. Graham, RHP
2012 Ryan Pressly, RHP
2011 Terry Doyle, RHP
2010 Scott Diamond, LHP
2008 Jason Jones, RHP
2006 Alejandro Machado, IF
2005 Jason Pridie, OF
In addition, catcher Stuart Turner was selected by Cincinnati in the second round of the Major League Rule 5 Draft from Triple-A Rochester.
The Twins now have 40 players on their 40-man roster.