The Orioles have just made their second major move of the 2013 trade deadline. According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal (here), the Orioles have acquired relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers in exchange for minor league baseball infielder Nick Delmonico.
Rodriguez, 31, who holds the single-season save record, is having a huge bounceback season. Serving as the interim closer for the Milwaukee Brewers with Jim Henderson on the shelf, KRod has posted a cool 1.09 ERA to go along with a 1.05 WHIP and 10 saves on the year.
Rodriguez struggled mightily in 2012, going 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA and 7 blown saves. He was a shell of the pitcher who set the single-season save record in 2008 with 62. However, 2013 has been a major resurgence for Rodriguez. He signed a minor league deal with the Brewers in the offseason, and looking at the numbers, it has paid off big time.
In this deal, the Brewers will receive minor league infielder Nick Delmonico. Delmonico has struggled with his batting average in the minors, hitting just .247 over his first 2 seasons. His OBP and power numbers are solid, though, as he’s hit 24 homers in that span with a .351 OBP.
It wasn’t expected that the Brewers would get a major prospect for KRod, and they didn’t. They got solid value on a guy who didn’t even start the season with the big league club.