Iona Prep grad and Rye native Brian Moran looks like he’s going to get his shot at the big leagues.
The Los Angeles Angels acquired Moran during Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft, sending $244,000 of international slot money to the Toronto Blue Jays, who drafted the left-hander ninth at the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The Angels must now keep Moran on their 25-man roster for the entire 2014 season or expose him to waivers. If no other club claims him, he would then be offered back to the Seattle Mariners for $25,000 — half of what the Blue Jays paid to make the pick.
“I think it’s going to be a good opportunity,” Moran told our own Josh Thomson. “I was fortunate (the Angels) picked me up. I’m definitely going to give it everything I’ve got to make the team out of spring training. There’s never any guarantees in baseball, but I’m definitely excited about the opportunity.”
Moran was having a strong season with the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate last year, posting a 3.45 ERA as a reliever while striking out 85 batters in 62 2/3 innings. But Moran’s season ended in August when he suffered a fractured bone in his foot and he never got a chance to pitch in the majors.
Seattle elected not to include Moran on its 40-man roster, which made eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 draft. Now, barring something unforeseen, he should get his chance with the Angels.
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