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.


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17 Comments on "Orioles Claim Adams, Outright De La Cruz"


Hills of Glenallen
1 year 5 months ago

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

LazerTown
1 year 5 months 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.

Joe Orsatti
1 year 5 months ago

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

BradyAnderson
1 year 5 months 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.

Tigers72
1 year 5 months ago

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

Hills of Glenallen
1 year 5 months ago

To play SS?

Tigers72
1 year 5 months ago

We got Visquel for that.

Joe Orsatti
1 year 5 months ago

I’d like to see Dixon machado get a look

Matt Galvin
1 year 5 months ago

Mark DeRosa? Because just retired and can play SS.

Riaaaaaa
1 year 5 months ago

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

LazerTown
1 year 5 months ago

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

Rabbitov
1 year 5 months ago

Keep it classy.

MB923
1 year 5 months 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?

Riaaaaaa
1 year 5 months ago

she* :(

MB923
1 year 5 months ago

Sorry about that!

Sufferfortribe
1 year 5 months ago

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

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 5 months ago

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