Cubs Return Rule 5 Pick Gray Fenter to the Orioles

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Cubs Return Rule 5 Pick Gray Fenter to the Orioles

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The Cubs took a particularly big swing in the Rule 5 Draft this year, plucking starting pitcher Gray Fenter out of the Orioles organization despite him having last pitched at just A-ball at age 23 in 2019. The odds that he’d come ready to be on a big league roster in 2021 were slim – and that’s what it would take for the Cubs to keep him – but you miss all the shots you don’t take and what have you.

You could tell from our initial write-up on his selection that it seemed like a really big, surprising, low-likelihood swing. And it was a whiff.

Bryan with some extra thoughts on Fenter, who heads back to the Orioles:

Notably, the Cubs could’ve worked out a side trade to keep Fenter without Rule 5 restrictions, but the Orioles must’ve wanted him back. The Orioles pay the Cubs $50,000 to get Fenter back (whose selection by the Cubs cost them $100,000).

Fenter’s departure opens up a 40-man roster spot, which will assuredly be needed by the end of Spring Training for a non-roster guy making the team.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.