Nationals return Rule 5 pick Brian Broderick to Cardinals

Ten days after the Nationals designated Rule 5 pick Brian Broderick for assignment, the Cardinals accepted him back, sending the Nationals $25,000 in return.

The Nationals drafted Broderick, 24, in the second round of the Rule 5 draft in December after the Cardinals, for whom he had never pitched above Class AA, had left him unprotected. Broderick was a surprise in spring training and made the Nationals as a reliever, only to post a 6.57 ERA in 12 1/3 innings.

Meanwhile, the Nationals will not face a decision on their other Rule 5 pick for some time: fireballing reliever Elvin Ramirez, chosen off the New York Mets’ roster, underwent shoulder surgery earlier this season and is out for the year.

Ramirez, on the 60-day disabled list since opening day, will remain with the Nationals all offseason if they so chose. Next year, Rule 5 rules dictate Ramirez will have to be active – on the 25-man roster and not on the disabled list – for at least two months in order for the Nationals to gain unfettered control of his rights.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.
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