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Washington Nationals: Rule 5 Draft Results.

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According to the Official Washington Nationals' Press Release on the results of today's Rule 5 Draft:

"Washington Nationals today selected four players in Major League Baseball’s Rule 5 Draft and traded their top selection to the New York Yankees to complete Monday’s deal for right-handed pitcher Brian Bruney. Prior to today’s Draft, Washington unconditionally released right-handed pitcher Zack Segovia. Nationals' Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

"The Nationals selected outfielder Jamie Hoffmann from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft, then traded him to the Yankees. Washington selected three players in the Triple-A Phase of the Draft: right-handed pitcher Arismendy Mota from the Chicago White Sox, left-handed pitcher Michael Wlodarczyk from the Tampa Bay Rays and outfielder Nicholas Moresi from the Houston Astros."

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The Nationals lost one player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft when the Toronto Blue Jays selected RHP Zechry Zinicola with the 10th overall pick. Zinicola, you might remember, was cited by then-Nationals' Scouting Director Dana Brown, (now with the Blue Jays), as the reason he, "...told general manager Jim Bowden to trade reliever Gary Majewski," as part of the package that brought Austin Kearns, Felipe Lopez and Ryan Wagner to DC, because he thought, "Zinicola would part of the bullpen in 2007," according to's Bill Ladson's 2/6/07 article entitled, "Nationals Spring Training quick hits", a prediction which didn't pan out, but apparently didn't change Mr. Brown's opinion of the 24-year-old '06 6th Round pick.

The Nationals also had 2 players selected in the Triple A Phase of the Draft, (RHP) Ruben De La Rosa, again by the Blue Jays, and (RHP) Terrence Engels, who was taken by Seattle, and lost 1 player in the Double-A Phase, (RHP) Johan Figuereo, who went to the NY Mets.

• Complete '09 Rule 5 Draft Results.