Red Sox take shortstop Jonathan Arauz in Rule 5 Draft

Rob Bradford
December 12, 2019 - 12:38 pm
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The Red Sox punctuated the Winter Meetings by actually doing something. They made a pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

With the 17th pick in the Rule 5 process, the Red Sox plucked shortstop Jonathan Arauz out of the Houston organization. The 21-year-old reached Double-A in 2019, totaling a .700 OPS in 28 games at Corpus Christi.

Arauz will be in spring training with the Red Sox, but if he is not on the active roster (or major league disabled list) for the entire season he will be placed on waivers and then returned to the Astros if no other team claims the shortstop's Rule 5 rights.

In short, it is a longshot Arauz will be in the Sox' organization when the season rolls around unless Boston strikes a deal with Houston to keep him in its minor league system.

The infielder, who can play multiple positions, originally signed out of Panama for a $600 signing bonus before being shipped to Houston in a trade involving closer Ken Giles. He was ranked as the 25th-best prospect in the Astros' minor league system by MLB.com.

The Red Sox didn't have any of their unprotected players taken in the Rule 5 Draft.