Baltimore Orioles acquire Francisco Rodriguez from Milwaukee Brewers

Mike McGinnis

The Brewers will receive one of the Orioles' top infield prospects in return for Rodriguez.

The Baltimore Orioles acquired veteran reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers for third base prospect Nick Delmonico, the Orioles announced on Tuesday.

The Brewers signed Rodriguez to a minor-league contract in April, and he ended up earning the closer role for Milwaukee. Rodriguez has pitched well since joining the Brewers' bullpen and owns a 1.09 ERA after 25 appearances with 10 saves in 10 chances.

The closer has a track record of success, as he has collected double-figures saves in nine of the last 10 seasons, including a major-league record 62 saves in 2008. Rodriguez has saved 304 games, which ranks third among active players and 21st all-time.

John Sickels of Minor League Ball rated Delmonico as the fourth-best prospect in the Baltimore farm system, and wrote the following scouting report about the infielder:

Orioles fans seem to think he'll be a star. I see him more as a solid regular with patience and at least moderate power, but expectations need to be kept reasonable.

Delmonico batted .244/.351/.471 in 60 games with High-A Frederick this season. The Brewers will assign Delmonico to High-A Brevard County.

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