Monasterios a Rule 5 rarity for LA

Monasterios a Rule 5 rarity for LA

PITTSBURGH -- Carlos Monasterios is only the fourth Rule 5 Draft pick to make a Dodgers Opening Day roster since 1981.

Frank Lankford in 1998, Jose Nunez in 2001 and D.J. Houlton in 2005 are the others. Houlton is the only one who spent his entire rookie season with the Major League club. The Dodgers finished no better than third those three seasons.

Rule 5 picks cost $50,000 and must remain in the Major Leagues with the selecting club for the entire first season to become the property of that team. Otherwise, the player must clear waivers and be offered back to his original club for a $25,000 fee before he can be sent to the Minor Leagues by the selecting team.