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Padres select infielder Everth Cabrera and right-handed pitcher Ivan Nova in Rule 5 Draft12/11/2008 1:55 PM ET
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres today selected infielder Everth Cabrera from the Colorado Rockies organization and right-handed pitcher Ivan Nova from the New York Yankees organization in the Major League portion of the 2008 Rule 5 Draft. The club also lost right-handed pitcher John Madden and outfielder Javis Diaz in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Cabrera, 22, was the Padres first-round selection (third overall) in today's Rule 5 Draft. He spent the entire 2008 season at Single-A Asheville in the Rockies system, hitting .284 (136-for-479) with 25 doubles, six triples, six home runs, 38 RBI and 80 runs scored while leading the South Atlantic League with 73 stolen bases (89 attempts) in 121 games. Cabrera played 84 games at second base while also making 34 appearances at shortstop. Originally signed by the Rockies as a non-drafted free agent in 2004, he has hit .275 (343-for-1,248) with 55 doubles, 19 triples, eight home runs, 111 RBI, 216 runs scored and 155 stolen bases (209 attempts) in 340 minor league games over parts of five seasons (2004-08). Nova, the Padres second-round selection in today's draft, spent the 2008 season at Single-A Tampa. The 21-year-old right-hander went 8-13 with a 4.36 ERA (72 ER/148.2 IP) in 26 games (24 starts). He struck out 109 while walking 46. Originally signed by New York as a non-drafted free agent in 2004, Nova has gone 17-22 with a 4.09 ERA (150 ER/330.1 IP) and 237 strikeouts in 68 games (57 starts) over parts of four minor league seasons in the Yankees organization (2005-08). In the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft, players left unprotected may be selected for $50,000. The selection rules provide that the player must remain on the drafting team's 25-man Major League roster during the following season or be offered back to the original club for $25,000. The Padres 40-man roster is now at 39.
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