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Szuminski to the Padres
by alex ciepley
It looks like Rule 5 pick Jason Szuminski is going to stick with the Padres, having made the San Diego squad out of spring training. Szuminski was in the Cubs' system last year, but was selected in the Rule 5 draft by the Royals and subsequently traded to the Padres. I'm horrible with all the transaction rules involving things like the Rule 5 draft, but I believe Jason has to stay on San Diego's roster all season or be offered back to the Cubs for a small price.
Jason's become more well known for being an MIT graduate than for any work he's done on the pitcher's mound, but that might change this year -- his sinker and improved command served notice in the Arizona Fall League last year.