Ray Flaherty

Schmuck: Once again, the Orioles rule the Rule 5 draft

Schmuck: Once again, the Orioles rule the Rule 5 draft

Well, there’s one thing you can say about Orioles baseball operations chief Dan Duquette on the final day of the winter meetings: He never comes home empty-handed.

The Orioles drafted three players in the major league phase of Wednesday’s Rule 5 draft and picked up another minor league pitcher to flesh out their 40-man roster.

They were the only team to choose three players and Duquette took two of them from the New York Yankees, undoubtedly hopeful that the depth of the Yankees’ minor league system is as good as advertised.

There’s nothing wrong with grazing the rosters of other teams. The Rule 5 draft is intended to assure that...

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