Braulio Lara became the latest casualty from the Miami Marlins Spring Training roster that started with 74 players. The Marlins have returned left-handed pitcher Braulio Lara to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Marlins picked Lara in the first round of the MLB’s Rule 5 draft from the Rays organization. Lara made four apperances for the Marlins this spring, posting a 4.50 ERA. Lara struck out and walked two hitters in his five innings of work.
He was already considered a long shot to make the team when camp opened. He did not overly impress the Marlins with his performance, as his command was still a major issue.
The cost for each Rule 5 pick is $50,000. The guidelines of the Rule 5 Draft mandate that the player must be on the Marlins’ active roster. If either one is not, he will then be offered back to his original team for $25,000.
Lara served primarily as a starter in the Rays lower minor leagues the past two seasons. Starting was not looking good for him however, as he struggled with a 4.94 and 5.70 ERA in the last two years
Lara was projected to be a top-5 pick in the Rul3 5 draft, somehow fell to the Marlins with their second pick.
The Marlins first pick in the Rule 5 draft, Alfredo Silverio is still with the team. He is expected to start the season on the DL and could make an impact, if healthy later on in the season.