Sox lose Almanzar, select Roof in Rule 5 draft

Sox lose Almanzar, select Roof in Rule 5 draft
December 12, 2013, 11:00 am
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- In the annual Rule 5 draft, conducted as the final piece of business at the Winter Meetings, the Red Sox won one and lost one.
     
In the major league portion of the draft, the Red Sox saw the Baltimore Orioles select 23-year-old third baseman Michael Almanzar. Almanzar hit .268 with 16 homers and 81 RBI last year at Portland, where he split time between first base and third base.
     
Almanzar was signed to a $1.5 million signing bonus in 2008, but saw his career stall the last few seasons. He played well enough in the first half of last year to be named an All-Star in the Eastern League, but had a poor second half.
     
At Portland last year, he lost playing time to Garin Cecchini, whom the Sox project as a major league third baseman soon.
     
"He put up some pretty good numbers at Double A last year," said Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett of Almanzar. "It's hard to figure out exactly how this roster thing will play out. There's still some development to be done, but he's got some tools and had a good season at Double A last year.
     
Almanzar must remain on the Orioles' 25-man roster all season, or be offered back to the Red Sox at half the $50,000 claiming price.
     
"We'll see how it plays out," said Crockett. "Maybe he'll return to us and if not, we'll be OK."
     
The Sox then selected Jonathan Roof from the Philadelphia Phillies' organization in the Triple A phase of the draft. The Sox had chosen Roof out of high school in 2007 but failed to sign him. He attended Michigan State and was drafted by Texas in 2010.
     
Roof will be joining his fifth organization, having played for Texas, San Diego, Detroit and Philadelphia.
     
"We're just looking at some organizational depth in the middle infield," said director of pro scouting Jared Porter. "He has really good makeup. He performed (well) in A ball. He'll come into spring training and compete for one of our minor league middle infield positions. He's a steady defender with some versatility. He can play shortstop, second, third and can swing the bat a little bit.
     
"He adds some depth to an area where it's tough to fine depth. He's played mostly shortstop."