Almanzar only got one hit in 12 spring training plate appearances, striking out three times. Almanzar hit .225 last year in his first full season in Triple-A Norfolk, so with a poor spring training performance, and the fact that the Orioles have a star third baseman in Manny Machado, Almanzar seems destined for another season in Norfolk.
Almanzar re-signed with the Orioles on a minor league contract Wednesday, Steve Melewski of MASN Sports reports. Almanzar spent all of 2015 with Triple-A Norfolk, hitting .225 with four home runs and 50 RBI. With the depth the Orioles have at third base, the 24-year-old could spend 2016 in Norfolk once again.
The Orioles announced Monday they optioned pitcher Oliver Drake to Triple-A Norfolk. They also assigned infielder Michael Almanzar, pitcher Dane De La Rosa, pitcher Chris Jones and catcher Brian Ward have to minor-league camp.
The Orioles announced their spring-training roster Tuesday, including 15 nonroster invitees. Pitchers Dane De La Rosa, Hunter Harvey, Mark Hendrickson, Steve Johnson, Chris Jones and Chaz Roe will be with the team this spring. Harvey, the team's first-round pick in 2013, had his 2014 season end prematurely due to elbow tightness. The sextet of nonroster pitchers will be joined in camp by catchers J.P. Arencibia, Ryan Lavarnway and Brian Ward; infielders Michael Almanzar, Paul Janish and Chris Parmelee; and outfielders Dariel Alvarez, Nolan Reimold and Matt Tuiasosopo .
The Orioles have acquired infielders Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox for infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus, MLB.com reports.