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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
The Orioles have reinstated third baseman Michael Almanzar, the club's Rule 5 pick, from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment, the club announced Monday. The Orioles took Almanzar in the Rule 5 draft in December following a season in which he hit .268/.328/.432 with 16 homers and 81 RBIs with the Boston Red Sox's Double-A club in Portland. But Almanzar, 23, opened the season on the disabled list with tendinitis in his left knee and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list June 6. Almanzar was on a minor league rehabilitation assignment since June 20, hitting .156 with one homer and four RBIs with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League club, High-A Frederick and Triple-A Norfolk.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
The Orioles sent infielder Michael Almanzar back to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday after he cleared waivers. The club selected Almanzar, 23, from the Red Sox in December's Rule 5 draft for $50,000. He had to stay on the Orioles' roster all season or be offered back to the Red Sox for half the cost of the selection. Almanzar could have been claimed by any team, but then he would have had to remain on the claiming team's 25-man roster (or disabled list) for the rest of the year or be returned to Boston.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2010
The Orioles on Friday added three prospects to their 40-man roster, including their minor league pitcher and player of the year, but did not protect 2006 first-round pick Billy Rowell. That means that Rowell, a 22-year-old infielder who was picked ninth overall in 2006, one slot ahead of two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, will be available to other teams in next month's Rule 5 draft. However, it's unlikely that Rowell will be picked as Rule 5 selections have to be kept on the acquiring team's 25-man roster for the entire season or be offered back to their original club.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
The Orioles have reinstated third baseman Michael Almanzar, the club's Rule 5 pick, from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment, the club announced Monday. The Orioles took Almanzar in the Rule 5 draft in December following a season in which he hit .268/.328/.432 with 16 homers and 81 RBIs with the Boston Red Sox's Double-A club in Portland. But Almanzar, 23, opened the season on the disabled list with tendinitis in his left knee and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list June 6. Almanzar was on a minor league rehabilitation assignment since June 20, hitting .156 with one homer and four RBIs with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League club, High-A Frederick and Triple-A Norfolk.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
The crop of talent available in this year's Rule 5 draft wasn't perceived to be as deep as recent seasons, but the Orioles believe they acquired two players who can contribute in the major leagues this season. After three days of rumors, the Orioles' first true acquisitions of the winter meetings were made Thursday in the Rule 5 draft when they selected corner infielder Michael Almanzar from the Boston Red Sox as the ninth and final pick in the major league portion and outfielder Julio Borbon from the Chicago Cubs in the Triple-A phase.
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By Roch Kubatko | December 16, 1997
The Orioles didn't select or lose anyone in the major-league portion of yesterday's Rule 5 draft, but they added two pitchers and lost three players in the minor-league phase.Triple-A Rochester drafted right-hander David Spykstra (2-6, 5.71 ERA at Single-A Vero Beach) from the Los Angeles Dodgers and left-hander Rachaad Stewart (1-0, 2.90 at Single-A Durham and 1-2, 8.50 at Double-A Greenville) from the Atlanta Braves. Stewart was drafted by the Orioles in 1994 and traded to Atlanta after the '95 season for pitcher Kent Mercker.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | December 11, 2000
DALLAS - With an opening on their 40-man roster, the Orioles haven't dismissed the possibility of making a selection in the major-league portion of today's Rule 5 draft, which kicks off another day at the winter meetings. The Orioles have the eighth pick based on the reverse order of finish during the 2000 season. The Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins own the first two selections. "If you can get that player you feel can help improve the club, you've got to take him," said farm director Don Buford.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | December 13, 2001
BOSTON - The major-league draft typically represents a relatively minor sideshow within baseball's winter meetings. For the Orioles this year, it's a potential disaster. Forced to expose several former premium draft picks because of a roster crunch created by last season's rash of injuries as well as several hasty promotions, the Orioles find themselves in the position of a 98-loss team losing players in return for almost no compensation. The Orioles are expected to lose outfielder Keith Reed, ranked last year as the team's No. 1 prospect by Baseball America, while also risking outfielder Darnell McDonald, the club's first-round selection in the 1997 draft.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | September 8, 2004
The current favorite for the American League Cy Young Award started out as a center fielder in the same Venezuelan baseball academy that produced Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora. Johan Santana signed with the Houston Astros in 1995, just as Mora had four years earlier, and converted into a pitcher. Before long, the Astros made regrettable decisions with both players. In July 1998, the Astros let Mora leave as a minor league free agent. He signed with the New York Mets, got traded to the Orioles and blossomed into an All-Star last season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
The Orioles believed they might get a steal when they drafted left-handed pitcher Tim Berry in the 50th round of the 2009 first-year player draft. And so far, it looks that way. Berry's draft stock dropped dramatically after he tore the ulnar collateral ligament as a high school senior and was bound for Tommy John surgery. But the Orioles took a chance on Berry, giving him a reported $125,000 signing bonus, and now the club's investment is paying off. The Orioles will likely add Berry, who is now 22, to the organization's 40-man roster today in order to protect him from being taken in next month's Rule 5 draft.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
The clock is ticking for the Orioles. We've reached the final day of the winter meetings and the team is still empty-handed here. The Orioles' pursuit of Grant Balfour continues. It could happen today, tomorrow, this weekend, next week, later this month or not at all. Until Balfour either signs with the Orioles or goes in another direction, the club won't likely extend offers to any other closing candidates. It appears the Australian right-hander is their top target, and only if he rejects them will the Orioles make offers to secondary options John Axford or Chris Perez.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
The lobby at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort quickly emptied out as Major League Baseball's winter meetings ended Thursday. While the Orioles only added a pair of Rule 5 draft picks this week, the club continued efforts to land a free-agent closer. The Orioles' focus remained on 35-year-old Grant Balfour, who recorded 38 saves last season, but whether the sides could come to an agreement before Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette flies back to Baltimore on Friday morning seems unlikely.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
The crop of talent available in this year's Rule 5 draft wasn't perceived to be as deep as recent seasons, but the Orioles believe they acquired two players who can contribute in the major leagues this season. After three days of rumors, the Orioles' first true acquisitions of the winter meetings were made Thursday in the Rule 5 draft when they selected corner infielder Michael Almanzar from the Boston Red Sox as the ninth and final pick in the major league portion and outfielder Julio Borbon from the Chicago Cubs in the Triple-A phase.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
As we head into the afternoon on Day 3 of the winter meetings, the Orioles remain quiet. No signings, no trades, a lot of discussion -- oh, and plenty preparation for tomorrow's Rule 5 draft. According to an industry source, the Orioles have still not made an offer to any closer. It looks like they're staying pat. But that doesn't mean the Orioles aren't trying to make any moves. Dan Duquette isn't riding Space Mountain or anything like that. And, really, what's the difference between making a move here under the winter meetings spotlight or a week down the road?
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
The Orioles believed they might get a steal when they drafted left-handed pitcher Tim Berry in the 50th round of the 2009 first-year player draft. And so far, it looks that way. Berry's draft stock dropped dramatically after he tore the ulnar collateral ligament as a high school senior and was bound for Tommy John surgery. But the Orioles took a chance on Berry, giving him a reported $125,000 signing bonus, and now the club's investment is paying off. The Orioles will likely add Berry, who is now 22, to the organization's 40-man roster today in order to protect him from being taken in next month's Rule 5 draft.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette went to December's winter meetings with several ideas in mind to improve on last season's success. His work in Nashville - the Orioles were able to re-sign outfielder Nate McLouth but couldn't reach a deal to acquire a power hitter - received mixed reviews. But on the final day of the meetings, Duquette plucked left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland from the Cleveland Indians with the 23rd pick of the annual Rule 5 draft.
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December 16, 1997
BaseballAthletics: Released OF Patrick Lennon.Blue Jays: Selected OF Louis Saturria from St. Louis in the Rule 5 draft.Braves: Released 1B-OF Tommy Gregg.Cubs: Selected P Alan Mahaffey from Minnesota in the Rule 5 draft.Diamondbacks: Selected P Martin Sanchez from Florida and P Ynocencio De La Cruz from the Mets in the Rule 5 draft.Dodgers: Selected P Frank Lankford from the Yankees in the Rule 5 draft.Mariners: Signed C Rick Wilkins to a one-year contract. Released IF Brent Gates and OF Lee Tinsley.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2012
The annual winter meetings usually contain more style than substance, hyped in the days leading up to the event and ultimately ending with most teams making few moves. While the Orioles spent this week in the Gaylord Opryland Hotel at the root of many trade and free-agent rumors that led to few actual transactions, executive vice president Dan Duquette was pleased with the moves the club made. The Orioles arrived at the winter meetings looking to trade for a power hitter, a goal that didn't happen this week, but will be something to monitor as the offseason progresses.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2012
In their continual pursuit of unearthing undervalued commodities, the Orioles reached into the pool again Thursday during the annual Rule 5 draft, grabbing a potential candidate for the 2013 rotation. With the 23rd pick of the Rule 5 draft - the final official matter of baseball's weeklong winter meetings at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel - the Orioles selected 23-year-old left-hander T.J. McFarland from the Cleveland Indians organization. McFarland, a 6-foot-3, 209-pound sinkerballer, was the Indians' fourth-round pick in the 2007 amateur draft and went 16-8 with a 4.03 ERA in 27 combined starts at Double-A and Triple A in 2012.
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