SAN DIEGO -- The Cubs have the eighth pick in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday, and are expected to finalize two deals done earlier this year and reveal the players to be named.
Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said they may not make a selection Thursday, but have had other teams interested in their pick. In December 2006, the Cubs used their pick in the Rule 5 Draft to take Josh Hamilton off the Devil Rays' roster, but the outfielder was immediately dealt to the Reds.
The Cubs' 40-man roster is at 38, with pitchers Jason Hammel and Jon Lester still to be formally added once their deals are completed.
The Cubs are expected to complete two earlier transactions. They need to send a player to the Red Sox to complete the July 30 deal in which the Cubs acquired left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront.
On July 4, the Cubs dealt Jeff Samardzija and Hammel to the Athletics for Minor Leaguers Billy McKinney and Addison Russell, pitcher Dan Straily, and a player to be named. That transaction also is to be finalized Thursday.
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