The Milwaukee Brewers did not make a selection in any of the three phases of Thursday's annual Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings in Nashville.
As expected, Milwaukee lost second baseman Eric Farris in the Triple-A phase of the draft, to the Seattle Mariners. Farris, Milwaukee's fourth-round pick in 2007, had two different stints with the big-league club, playing in one game in 2011 and 13 in 2012, hitting just 1-for-9 in his limited playing time.
Spending the majority of the last three seasons playing for Triple-A Nashville, Farris had his best season for the Sounds in 2012. He hit .286 with seven home runs, 31 RBI and 35 stolen bases in 131 games.
The Brewers could have kept Farris on their Nashville roster, which means that an interested team would have had to select him in the major league phase of the draft and keep him on its big-league roster for the entire season, but Milwaukee agreed with Farris' agent to bump him to the Double-A roster, making it almost guaranteed that...