Winter Drafts Unlikely to Return

March 30, 2009 | 9:41 am  

A year ago, the Rockies reclaimed right-handed pitcher Steve Register from the New York Mets, having to come up with $25,000 of the $50,000 the Mets had paid to draft Register at the winter meetings.

This year, the Rockies don’t appear to be as fortunate, at least not at this point in the season.

The Chicago Cubs are looking to keep right-handed reliever David Patton, a winter draft from the Rockies. Ditto San Diego with shortstop Everth Cabrera.

Reports out of Chicago are the Cubs need to move either Chad Gaudin or Angel Guzman to make space for Patton in the bullpen.

Patton has an 0.84 earned-run average this spring, allowing one run on eight hits and two walks and striking out 12 in 10 2/3 innings. Guzman has a 9.00 ERA and Gaudin has a 10.54 ERA, and has allowed 20 hits and nine walks in 13 2/3 innings.

Cabrera figures to make the Padres as a utility infielder but club officials are hoping that by mid-season he will replace Luis Rodriguez as the starting shortstop. Cabrera, being asked to jump from Low-A to the big leagues, is hitting .246 with seven errors. He, however, has made an impression with his range and arm strength.

The Cubs, with Patton, and Padres, with Cabrera, have to offer the player back to the Rockies for half the $50,000 draft price if they want to attempt to send the player to the minor leagues.