Baumann's (elbow) contract was purchased by the Orioles on Friday, Joe Trezza of reports.

Despite the fact that Baumann was shut down in September with a flexor strain in his right arm, the Orioles think enough of his long-term prospects that they wanted to shield him from the Rule 5 draft. It's a nice vote of confidence in his ability to make a full recovery. If that happens, he would likely open the year at Triple-A.

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