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
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
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.