Orioles pick up K-Rod
In an effort to bolster their bullpen, the Orioles acquired veteran closer Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers on Tuesday in exchange for infield prospect Nick Delmonico.
Rodriguez, 31, has put up impressive numbers for Milwaukee this season, going 1-1 with 10 saves and a 1.09 ERA. With 26 strikeouts and only nine walks in 24 2/3 innings over 25 appearances for the Brewers this year, Rodriguez should provide Baltimore with another solid late-inning relief option.
One of the most coveted bullpen arms on this year’s trade market, the right-hander has recorded double-digit saves in nine of the last 10 seasons, including a Major League record 62 in 2008 with the Angels. His 304 career saves rank third among active players and 21st all-time.
Delmonico, the Orioles’ No. 5 prospect, posted a .244/.351/.471 batting line in 60 games with Class A Frederick this season, spending most of his time at third base but also appearing at first and as the designated hitter. The 21-year-old was a sixth-round Draft pick by the Orioles in 2011 and hit .249/.351/.411 in 95 games for Class A Delmarva last year.
To make room for Rodriguez on their 40-man roster, the Orioles transferred outfielder Nolan Reimold — out for the season after undergoing corrective neck surgery — to the 60-day disabled list.