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03/19/09 1:24 PM ET

Rule 5 pick Morlan returns to Rays

Brewers elect not to keep right-hander on 40-man roster

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Eduardo Morlan is back with the Rays, who lost the right-hander to the Brewers during the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings.

Morlan, 22, went 4-2 with a 3.64 ERA at Double-A Montgomery in 2008, but the club chose not to protect him on its 40-man roster, which allowed the Brewers to select him.

Players not on a team's Major League 40-man roster who were 18 or younger when they first signed a pro contract and in their fourth Rule 5 Draft since they signed are eligible players to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft. Also eligible are those players not on the 40-man who were 19 or older when they first signed a pro contract and in the third Rule 5 Draft since they signed.

Clubs pay $50,000 for the player drafted in the Major League phase. If the player does not remain on the Major League 25-man active roster for all of the next season, the drafting club must attempt to return him to his original club for a price of $25,000. The Brewers offered Morlan back to the Rays and the Rays accepted, paying the $25,000 for his return.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.