SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles announced a transaction tonight that manager Buck Showalter alluded to earlier today in Port Charlotte.
The Orioles have claimed infielder David Adams off waivers from the Cleveland Indians. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz has been designated for assignment.
Adams, 27, appeared in 43 games for the New York Yankees in 2013, batting .193/.252/.286 with two homers and 13 RBIs. He made 38 starts in 2013, including 29 at third base, where he posted a .985 fielding percentage.
In 412 minor league games over six seasons, Adams is a career .291/.376/.441 hitter with 28 homers and 222 RBIs.
Adams has played first, second and third in the majors and minors. He could compete for a utility job and provide insurance at third if Manny Machado goes on the disabled list.
Adams was batting .281/.342/.313 in 17 exhibition games with the Indians.
De La Cruz allowed two runs and four hits over six spring innings, with four walks and three strikeouts.
Update: Speaking on the acquisition of Adams, who played his college ball at Virginia, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said, "Adams is a versatile player who can play second base and third base, and is capable on-base hitter with some power."