Diamondbacks lost three players in this year's Rule V draft, and unlike many clubs, they seem unlikely to get any of them back.
The Florida Marlins took second baseman/utility man Dan Uggla in the first round this year, and Uggla figures to be going to a good situation.
"Yeah, I'm real excited," Uggla told FutureBacks this morning, "I didn't sleep a wink last night, because last night my agent called me and told me there was a lot of action surrounding me with the Rule V."
Uggla has been just a .276 career hitter in five minor league seasons with the Diamondbacks, but is coming off his best year yet. He hit .297 with 21 homers and 87 RBI for Double-A Tennessee this past season, playing four different positions, and then went to the Arizona Fall League and hit .307 with seven homers 22 RBI in 29 games.
Uggla knew something would happen.
"I was a little bitter that the Diamondbacks didn't protect me on their 40 man roster," he admitted after the draft, "but my agent had actually told me that there was a chance the Diamondbacks would select me."
It wouldn't have been the first time that a player was drafted by their own team, the Atlanta Braves used their first overall pick in the 1988 draft to select Ben Rivera, their own prospect.
Still, as bittersweet as it might be, Uggla is aware of the opportunity he has.
"I would've got anywhere, I'm just excited. The Marlins are kinda getting rid of all their guys, and I guess this is going to be a rebuilding year. I'm not sure if they're suddenly going to start buying guys or what, but right now it looks like I'll have the chance to be their second baseman."
It was a fitting end to the 2005 season for Uggla, who while in the Diamondbacks organization has consistently opened eyes, while playing in other player's shadows.
"I've made the All-Star team at every level I've played at in the minors," Uggla said of the recognition, "I've had my ups and downs like every other guy, but I feel like I've had a pretty damn good minor league career."
Still, he recognizes the situation he, and the Diamondbacks were in.
"When you're playing behind guys like Andy Green, who just puts up incredible numbers every year, it's pretty tough to complain, so you just sort of have to wait and hope that something good happens, and today it did."
The Diamondbacks also lost outfielder Jeff Cook, who hit .314 with 19 homers this past season in Hi-A Lancaster, and righty reliever Josh Perrault, who was 7-2 with a 2.07 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 78.1 innings at Lo-A South Bend in 2005.