Os select Rickard in Rule 5

The Orioles selected outfielder Joey Rickard from the Tampa Bay Rays in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft.

Rickard, 24, is a former ninth-round pick out of Arizona that was on Tampa’s Triple-A Durham team roster. Listed as a centerfielder, Rickard is a right-handed hitter who posted a .321/.427/.447 line across three teams in 2015. With Durham, Rickard batted .360 with six doubles, two triples and 11 RBIs in 29 games.

The Orioles, who were able to keep Jason Garcia last year and have kept TJ McFarland and Ryan Flaherty in the past, have to keep Rickard on the Major League roster all year or risk having him offered back.

Baltimore also lost lose first baseman Ji-Man Choi, signed to a Minor League deal last month, to the Angels. Choi was a longtime prospect in the Seattle Mariners system.


Tampa must have a lot of OF depth to leave him unprotected.

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Maybe he’s is not that good. But you never know. The Orioles did get the poor mans Ben Zobrist in Ryan Flaherty in rule 5. I am not enthralled if the orioles have interest in Kazmir. To me he is not an upgrade.

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