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"You know we are gonna participate in the Rule 5 Draft."(OF Rickard from Tampa)


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Indeed. But Flaherty I have to call a Rule 5 hit, and even T.J.'s had his contribution. Jury's still out on Garcia and Rickard looks like he might be the best yet.

If all you end up with is the type of guy you can pick up on the waiver wire at the end of spring training I can't call it a hit.

Garcia might be more.

Rickard certainly looks promising.

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He's got a 648 career OPS.

He's a utility infielder.

In a good year he's a one win player.

That's exactly the description of Willie Bloomquist, who retired in March after a 14-year career worth 1.0 win. Utility infielder is the one roster spot where above-replacement production is gravy.

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Oh yeah. Nice catch in foul ground among some fans reaching for the ball, too. My one gripe is that he double-clutched there on the sac fly. Just get that ball in, kid.

He will improve, that should be a given.

He got good instincts and you can't teach that.

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