The Orioles added another piece of infield depth Friday in a trade with the San Francisco Giants, acquiring the well-traveled Éngelb Vielma for a player to be named or cash.
Vielma, a 23-year-old switch-hitter from Venezuela, hit .229 last year between Double-A and Triple-A in the Minnesota Twins organization before he was designated for assignment in September and claimed by San Francisco.
The Giants waived him in November, and since then he's been claimed and designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Giants again.
A career .256 minor league hitter who hit the most recent of his two lifetime home runs in 2015, Vielma has primarily played shortstop in his minor league career but also has experience at second base and third base.
While the composition of the Orioles infield seems currently settled with Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop and Tim Beckham manning those three positions, Vielma joins what should be a crowded battle for consideration as the team's utility infielder behind them.
Others expected to be in major league camp fighting for such consideration are Luis Sardiñas, Rubén Tejada and Erick Salcedo, all of whom were re-signed to minor league contracts with spring training invites earlier this offseason. Longtime farmhand Garabez Rosa also re-signed on a minor league deal this offseason and can be included in that mix to replace Ryan Flaherty as the team's primary utility man.
With the addition of Vielma, who has two minor league options remaining, the Orioles' 40-man roster is currently at 39.