Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/6/12
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Houston Astros, who have lost a combined 213 games over the last two seasons, and Florida Marlins, who have gutted their roster this winter after finishing last in the National League East, each made two picks in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday as the Winter Meetings concludes at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort. The Astros used the first overall selection to take right-hander Josh Fields from the Boston Red Sox. In the second round, Houston choose first baseman Nate Freiman from the San Diego Padres. Fields, 27, was a combined 4-2 with 12 saves and a 2.01 ERA last season with Class AA Portland and Class AAA Pawtucket. He was the Seattle Mariners' first-round pick in the 2008 amateur draft. Freiman, 25, played at Class AA San Antonio this year and hit .298 with 24 home runs and 105 RBIs in 137 games. He's a monstrous presence at the plate, standing 6-7. He left Duke as the school's career home run leader and hit four home runs in 13 at-bats in the WBC...
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