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Former reliever Mecir to represent A's at Draft

ARLINGTON -- Jim Mecir, a prominent member of the A's bullpen during the club's playoff run at the start of the decade, will represent the A's when they make the 24th overall pick at the First-Year Player Draft next month.

Traded by Tampa Bay with Todd Belitz to the A's for Jesus Colome right before the Trade Deadline in 2000, the right-hander pitched in Oakland through the '04 season.

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Now retired, the 43-year-old Mecir will be sitting at the A's Draft table and will phone in each of the organization's picks. The former hurler will be among many baseball luminaries present in Secaucus, N.J., as each team has tabbed at least one significant player from its past to sit at its Draft table.

Commissioner Bud Selig will announce all of the first-round picks, and for teams with sandwich picks -- like Oakland, which owns the 34th and 47th selections -- the club rep will announce those.

The 2013 First-Year Player Draft will take place on June 6-8, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Thursday, June 6, at 3 p.m. PT. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 4 p.m., with the top 73 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. Rounds 3-10 will be streamed live on MLB.com on June 7, beginning with a preview show at 9:30 a.m., and Rounds 11-40 will be streamed live on MLB.com on June 8, starting at 10 a.m.

MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of Draft-eligible players. You can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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