Os take Almanzar in Rule 5

Seeking to add to their roster for the third consecutive year, the Orioles selected third baseman Michael Almanzar in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft.

Almanzar, who has also played first base, is from the Red Sox organization and spent the 2013 season with Double-A Portland. He played in 131 games and posted a .268/.328/.432 line including 16 homers and 81 RBIs.<p>

The 23-year-old was signed by Boston as an undrafted free agent in ’08 and hails from Santo Domingo. Almanzar, a right-handed hitter, was one of nine selections in the Major League portion of Thursday’s draft.

The Orioles have been able to keep their last two Rule 5 Draft picks on their Major League roster, in Ryan Flaherty and T.J. McFarland.

Almanzar will have to stay on the Orioles 25-man roster the entire season in order for them to keep him. He costs the organization $50,000 and is now part of the 40-man roster.

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