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MLB Rule 5 Draft: White Sox take infielder Angel Sanchez from the Angels

With 628 career plate appearances, Chicago has a rare Rule 5 pick with big-league experience

Leon Halip

White Sox assistant GM Buddy Bell knows Angel Sanchez. Bell was his manager during the shortstop's first cup of coffee with the Royals in 2006. So when CSN Chicago's Dan Hayes reported that Chicago had snatched Sanchez up from the Angels as a Rule 5 pick, Bell was the man to see.

"I loved this kid," Bell said, adding "...we think if it works out, it can really help our club Opening Day and beyond that."

Though he spent all of 2012 in Triple-A Oklahoma City, Sanchez spent most of two seasons at the big-league level with Houston, where he posted a .258 average and 53 RBIs across 538 at-bats.

As a Rule 5 pick, the White Sox purchase Sanchez for $50,000 and place him on their 40-man roster. The stipulation is that a Rule 5 player must stay on a big-league roster for that team to keep his rights. The White Sox can cut ties with Sanchez at any point and he would be made available back to the Angels for $25,000. WIth Bell's knowledge of the 29-year-old's skill set, this seems a reasonable gamble for Chicago.