Orioles claim Phelps off waivers

The Orioles claimed infielder Cord Phelps off waivers from the Cleveland Indians on Monday afternoon, adding depth to the organization and bringing the 40-man roster to 38.

The 26-year-old Phelps has struggled to turn his Minor League success into anything at the big league level yet, posting a .159/.221/.248 line in 123 plate appearances in the Majors.

He is a career .286/.367/.471 Triple-A hitter and has primarily played second base over his career, a position that is a huge hole for the Orioles right now. With the departure of Brian Roberts –who has struggled to stay on the field when he was an Oriole– the O’s are actively trying to upgrade at second base and Phelps gives them another option there and as a potential utility player.

The switch-hitter also played first base and left field last season and has 40 games at shortstop under in his belt in the Minors.

Monday’s waiver claim was the second move for the Orioles, who also traded for Padres reliever Brad Brach to add another potential bullpen option.

 

5 Comments

Can’t believe they let Roberts walk.

Hear we go again!! Good ol’ DD– bottom fishing again. Why spend Angelos’ $ ?? After all since his regime the O’s have done nothing. Most of our productive players came under MacPhail. Let’s worry more about his pocketbook than O’s fans. How about saving $ while trading Markaikis & Jim Johnson?

“Since Brian Roberts departure”…. has he officially severed his ties with the Orioles? Or, is this just a referral to his current status, i.e., a free agent? Judging from our currrent roster of 38 players, by far he seems to be the best choice for 2nd base.

Not much to get even remotely exited about here other than the undocumented mention of Robert’s departure. Excuse me but WTF?

Time for a HEADLINE…..
Imagine O’s put Choo at the top of the batting order !

Choo, Markakis, Jones, David, Weiters.

We have not had a solid LF in multiple seasons.

I know #1 priority is pitching BUT Choo OBP% is what we need at the top of the order.

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