SARASOTA, Fla. — The Orioles claimed infielder David Adams, who made 38 starts for the New York Yankees last season, off waivers Saturday and designated left-hander reliever Kelvin De La Cruz for assignment to make space on the 40-man roster.
Adams, 26, was designated for assignment by the Indians earlier this week after hitting .281/.342/.313 in 17 spring training games with Cleveland.
He was a .193/.252/.286 hitter with five doubles, two homers and 13 RBIs with the Yankees last season. When he initially was called up by New York in mid-May, he provided the Yankees with some spark, hitting .323 through his first eight games, but his average steadily dropped with more at-bats as he shuttled between the big leagues and Triple-A.
Adams is a career .291/.376/.441 hitter in the minors and posted a .268/.366/.405 slash line in 59 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season.
He's proved capable of getting on base, which Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette likes, and can play third, second and first base. He made 29 starts at third base for the Yankees last season and still has minor league options remaining.
De La Cruz, 25, was added to the 40-man roster and signed to a major league deal in November. He was 3-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 62 1/3 relief innings for the Dodgers’ Triple-A club in Albuquerque, N.M., last year.
He allowed two earned runs over six spring training innings, yielding three hits with three strikeouts and four walks.
Since it didn’t appear that De La Cruz was going to make the Orioles’ 25-man roster out of camp, and because he has no minor league options, the team likely was going to have to designate him and pass him through waivers before being able to outright him to the minors.