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December 15, 2003

Transaction

Selected Oakland relief pitcher CHRIS MABEUS in the Major League Rule 5 Draft. Lost recently signed IF ANDY FOX to Montreal in the draft.

Mabeus was a 13th-round selection in 1999 from Lewis-Clark State. He pitched with modest success in two years of A-ball before turning it up a notch in 2003, posting a 2.75 ERA with 15 walks and 70 strikeouts in 62 innings split between A and AA. Mabeus had a 4.50 ERA in the 2003 Arizona Fall League. Mabeus will be 25 next spring and has barely a fair chance of sticking, in my opinion. As for Andy, we hardly knew ye. Fox had a solid shot of making the 25-man roster as a Donnie Sadler-type. The Rule 5 draft is normally littered with slowly developing career minor-leaguers, not thirtysomething vets, but Montreal must have seen him as a cheap backup to Cabrera and Vidro.

Posted by Lucas at December 15, 2003 08:54 PM