The Orioles used the top pick in Thursday's Rule 5 draft, which wraps up baseball's winter meetings, on shortstop Richie Martin from the Oakland Athletics before trading for Philadelphia Phillies Rule 5 infielder Drew Jackson.
Taken together, the selections address a significant area of need in the Orioles organization and, according to director of baseball operations Tripp Norton, fit well with executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias’ goals of “increasing the overall value in the organization, and getting better and getting more depth.”
“Obviously, shortstop is a hole for us right now with [Tim] Beckham being nontendered,” Norton said. “We have Jonathan...
The Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds listen to the national anthem before the start of game 1 of NLDS on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at Citizens Bank Park.