Orioles Claim Adams, Outright De La Cruz

TUESDAY: De La Cruz has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A, the Orioles announced.

SATURDAY: The Orioles have claimed David Adams from the Indians on outright waivers, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian tweets. The move clears space on the Indians' 40-man roster for infielder Elliot Johnson. The Orioles have announced that, to make room on their roster for Adams, they have designated pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz for assignment. De La Cruz, 25, posted a 2.67 ERA with 11.2 K/9 and 4.7 BB/9 in the high minors of the Dodgers system in 2013. The lefty was out of options.

Adams, 26, hit just .193/.252/.286 in 152 plate appearances with the Yankees in 2013, but more robust .268/.366/.405 in 255 plate appearances at Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre. The Indians signed him to a big-league deal in December after the Yankees non-tendered him.

Both De La Cruz and Adams were signed to big-league deals this offseason despite a lack of MLB experience (De La Cruz has none). It's a strange coincidence, then, that both would be involved in the same transaction. In January, MLBTR's Tim Dierkes looked at the trend of signing young-ish players with little or no MLB experience to big-league deals.


17 Responses to Orioles Claim Adams, Outright De La Cruz Leave a Reply

  1. Hills of Glenallen 1 year ago

    Wasn’t this guy somewhat of a prospect or was that just the usual Yankee boosting?

    • LazerTown 1 year ago

      He was a pretty good 2B prospect. In 2010 he suffered a really bad ankle injury that cost him lots development time, pretty much 2 years, and killed his mobility. His range never came back, and as a 3B his bat is nothing. He probably could have made it in the majors, but he shouldn’t be playing 2B, and that was pretty much where his bat would be suitable.

  2. Joe Orsatti 1 year ago

    The indians made a mistake giving him guaranteed money. Baltimore however got what they needed in this deal.

  3. BradyAnderson 1 year ago

    Could start at 3b for a couple weeks until Machado is healthy, if they feel like Almanzar isnt up to the task, and send him back.

  4. Tigers72 1 year ago

    De la Cruz looks good as lefty reliever and Tigers should take a look at him.

  5. Riaaaaaa 1 year ago

    I’m just glad I won’t have to see him in pinstripes anymore.

    • LazerTown 1 year ago

      Would much rather watch him than Overbay, at least I could hope he improves. That injury really killed his career.

    • Rabbitov 1 year ago

      Keep it classy.

      • MB923 1 year ago

        What is it that he said that is exactly not classy? He’s happy his team doesn’t have a particular player anymore so that makes him not classy?

  6. Sufferfortribe 1 year ago

    Adams was another of those brilliant signings by Antonetti. And, yes, that is what sarcasm sounds like.

  7. Lefty_Orioles_Fan 1 year ago

    What are the Orioles going to do with this guy?
    We already have plenty of players just like him.

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