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Rule V draft results: Mariners take 3 players, lose 3 players

The Rule V draft is over and the Mariners picked up two players in the major league portion and one player in the AAA draft.

I'll add to their bios in a little bit, click on their names for stats.

The Mariners had the second pick of the draft and took infielder Reegie Corona from the Yankees Triple A team in Scranton. According to GM Jack Zduriencik, Corona will be a back-up utility infielder type, replacing Willie Bloomquist's role.

Corona, 22, is a switch-hitter who was primarily a second baseman for Trenton (AA), but played shortstop as well. Against left-handed pitching, he hit .317 (44x139) with 12 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 18 RBI with a .360 on-base percentage and a .820 OPS. He stole 24 bases (in 28 attempts) which ranked fourth in the Eastern League. He is currently playing in the Venezuelan Winter League with the Navegantes del Magallanes. He was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Yankees in 2003.

Zduriencik (steadily earning the much-used nickname trader Jack) made a Rule V trade with Kansas City, giving them "cash considerations" to select Jose Lugo from the Triple A Rochester of the Twins organization.

Lugo, 24, was 2-6, 4.04 with 1 save in 51 games (all in relief) with Fort Myers (A) in 2008. In 69.0 innings, he allowed just 68 hits while and struck out 76 while walking only 33. The 6-foot-1, 160-pound reliever is a native of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. He was originally signed by the Oakland A's as a non-drafted free agent on Jan. 30, 2002. Minnesota selected him in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 8, 2005.

In the Triple A portion of the Rule V draft, Seattle took right-handed pitcher Patrick Ryan from the Brewers organization.

Ryan, 25, has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen during his professional career. In 2008, he went 5-5 with 12 saves and a 2.52 ERA (18 ER, 64.1 IP) in 39 relief appearances for Huntsville (AA) in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. In 151 career minor league appearances, Ryan is 15-10 with 20 saves and a 2.27 ERA (65 ER, 258.0 IP). He has held opposing hitters to a .222 (156x702) batting average during his career. Originally selected by Milwaukee in the 19th round of the 2005 June draft, Ryan played his college ball at Embry-Riddle (FL).

The Mariners also lost three players in the minor league portion of the Rule V. RHP Miguel Marquez was selected by Boston and RHP Gerardo Esparza was taken by Pittsburgh in the Triple A draft, while RHP Andrew Barb, who was acquired in the Jamie Moyer trade, was taken by Baltimore in the Double A draft.

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