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The Daily Chop: Rule 5 Draft, Winter Meetings end and more

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The Winter Meetings officially came to a close Thursday with the annual Rule 5 Draft which was held via conference call. As expected, the Atlanta Braves didn’t make any selections during the Major League portion of the draft but did make three selections during the minor league phase. Atlanta grabbed right-hander AJ Puckett from the White Sox, infielder Jalen Miller from the Giants and outfielder Jacob Pearson from the Twins. The Braves did not lose any players during the draft.

More Braves News

In Thursday’s Starting Nine, Cory McCartney took a closer look at how the Braves can fill out their lineup without the DH.

The Athletic’s Eno Sarris finds the best fits for the top 10 free agents that are available this winter. The Braves aren’t projected to land any but Sarris has Marcell Ozuna leaving Atlanta to join the White Sox on a four-year, $80 million deal.

MLB News

The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly reached an agreement with Dave Dombrowski to be their next president of baseball operations.

While the Braves sat out the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft, there were 18 players that were selected. FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen put together scouting reports for every player that was taken.

The Texas Rangers acquired first baseman Nate Lowe and first baseman Jake Guenther in exchange for minor leaguers Osleivis Basabe, Heriberto Hernandez and Alexander Ovalles.

Rockies right-hander Daniel Bard and Royals catcher Salvador Perez were named as the Comeback Player of the Year for the National and American League.

The Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly among the clubs showing interest in free agent third baseman Justin Turner.