Originally posted on CLNS Radio  |  Last updated 3/25/13
As spring training comes to a close, players selected in December's Rule 5 draft are faced with great uncertainty due to the unusual rules surrounding the event. If a player selected in the draft does not stay on the claiming team's 25-man roster for the entire season, he must be offered back to his original team instead of being sent to the minors. If the claiming team wants to keep the player in their minor league system, they will have to work out a trade with the original team in order to do so. Two former Red Sox minor league pitchers are faced with this difficult situation at the moment, and decisions will be made on their futures by the end of the week. Josh Fields, claimed first overall by the Astros, and Ryan Pressly, claimed fourth by the Twins, are both being considered for major league jobs, but also could be given back to the Red Sox if they do not make the Opening Day roster. Fields, a first-round draft pick of the Mariners in 2008, was acquired by the Red Sox in the Erik
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