D-backs select reliever Tyler Jones in Rule 5 draft
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Arizona Diamondbacks selected right-handed relief pitcher Tyler Jones from the New York Yankees in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.
Jones, 27, was 6-2 with 11 saves and a 2.17 ERA in 33 games last season for Double-A Trenton. He struck out 67 batters in 45 2/3 innings.
The Diamondbacks will send $100,000 to the Yankees and will be required to keep him on their major-league roster for the entire 2017 season or offer him back to the Yankees for $50,000.
"We've had our eye on him," general manager Mike Hazen told mlb.com. "He had a great second half in Double-A for the Yankees. Good power arm, good fastball, power curveball. We think it's a worthwhile opportunity to take another guy with a power arm and bring him into the mix. Bring him into Spring Training and compete."
Jones (6-feet-4, 240 pounds) played collegiately at LSU and was an 11th-round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2011. He signed with the Yankees last year as a minor-league free agent.
The D-backs selected three players in the Triple-A phase of draft: Right-handed pitchers Jon Fitzsimmons and Grant Sides, both of the Indians organization, and infielder Daniel Lockhart from the Cubs.
The D-backs also lost two players in the Triple-A phase. Catcher Eduardo de Oleo was selected by the Astros, and outfielder Chuck Taylor was picked by the Mariners.