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.