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Red Sox lose one minor leaguer in Rule 5 draft

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  December 12, 2013 09:40 AM

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The Red Sox lost one minor-leaguer in the major-league phase of the Rule 5 draft at the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

The Orioles chose Michael Almanzar, a 23-year-old third baseman from the Dominican Republic who played for the Double A Portland Sea Dogs last season. Almanzar hit .268 with 16 homers, 81 RBIs and 42 walks in 2013.

The Orioles must keep Almanzar on the major-league roster all season or offer him back to the Red Sox. The Red Sox did not make a selection in the major-league portion of the Rule 5 draft.

In the Triple A portion, the Red Sox picked shortstop Jonathan Roof from Philadelphia.

The full results of the Rule 5 draft are on MLB's website.

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