Orioles acquire Francisco Rodriguez from Brewers

Orioles acquire reliever Francisco Rodriguez from Brewers

7/24/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Orioles acquire Francisco Rodriguez from BrewersThe Baltimore Orioles already had a nice assortment of relievers in their bullpen this season, but they improved that group on Tuesday by landing a hot name on the trade market. The Orioles acquired reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers in return for third baseman prospect Nick Delmonico.

The Orioles' bullpen already has a viable closer in Jim Johnson, who currently leads the MLB in saves with 35 (also led the Majors with 51 last season), so Rodriguez will not take on a closer role as he had been for the Brewers as of late. However, Rodriguez does own a sensational 1.09 ERA and is a perfect 10-for-10 on save chances this season, so he will likely claim the setup role in Baltimore.

The 31-year-old Rodriguez struggled in Milwaukee last season with a 4.38 ERA, but has returned to his old his old form in 2013. From 2005-11, K-Rod registered a 2.57 ERA while racking up 277 saves.

With two pitchers boasting sub-3.00 ERA's in 44+ innings already on the roster, the Orioles have now put together a fantastic bullpen. Their starting rotation isn't the best, but if they can get a lead in the middle innings it will be difficult to gain the lead late against this team.

As for the Brewers, they receive the Orioles' fourth best prospect (according to Baseball America) in Delmonico. The 21-year-old still has a lot of work to do before making an impact in the Majors, but has shown signs of upside. The former sixth-round pick has batted .244 (.351 OBP) with 13 home runs through 60 games at High-A Frederick in 2013.
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