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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

BCB: Francisco Rodriguez Traded to Baltimore Orioles for INF Nick Delmonico

The first big trade for the Brewers has finally happened. Just before tonight’s game, the Brewers announced that they had traded reliever Francisco Rodriguez to the Baltimore Orioles. In exchange, they received minor league prospect Nick Delmonico from the Orioles.

In return, the Brewers get a prospect that was rated #6 in the Orioles system according to Baseball Prospectus (h/t Fred Hofstetter), and #4 by Baseball America (h/t Ken Rosenthal). Nick Delmonico is a third base prospect with some experience at first and second. He has spent the year at High A Frederick, posting a batting line of .244/.351/.471/.822 with 13 HR, 30 RBI, and 5 SB. No word on where he will report yet, but it will most likely be High-A Brevard County.

Ken Griffey's Grotesquely Swollen Jaw Posted: July 24, 2013 at 08:10 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DKDC Posted: July 24, 2013 at 08:30 AM (#4502573)
Delmonico's got a great batting eye and solid power potential. The knock on him is that they haven't been able to find a position for him, and his bat is probably not quite good enough to play at 1B. Also, he has struggles with injuries on and off.

He's a good get for the Brewers.

KRod will definitely help out the Os bullpen, but he's not as good as his raw numbers indicate. I think his most attractive quality to the Orioles is his low salary.
   2. Jason Michael(s) Bourn Identity Crisis Posted: July 24, 2013 at 09:29 AM (#4502614)
his bat is probably not quite good enough to play at 1B

I'm sure that will stop the Brewers.
   3. puck Posted: July 24, 2013 at 10:27 AM (#4502665)
I'm sure that will stop the Brewers.

Not quite good enough would look pretty good to them. It's incredible how poorly their 1st basemen have it, even knowing it's been guys like Seabass and Betancourt. .553 OPS??
   4. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM (#4502687)
juan Francisco has been the nominal first baseman for the past month and will remain so. yuni now only plays on sundays or late in games as a replacement.
   5. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: July 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM (#4502688)
Looks like a good deal for the O's, since their current infield is pretty much set for the next few years, and they can always use more help in the bullpen.
   6. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: July 24, 2013 at 10:45 AM (#4502692)
Delmonico reminds me a little of David Segui. I bet he'll have a nice little career as an averagish 1b for a few years. I don't like losing him, but he was most valuable to the Orioles as a trade chip.
   7. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM (#4502694)
signing Frankie off the scrap heap and turning him into a 21 year old kid who seems to have pretty solid control of the strike zone, has good pop and is one of the better sluggers in a tough league at a very young age is great work by Melvin

the guy has his weird player affections (wes helms, yuni) and can't tell a pitching prospect from a squid. but he can trade for position players
   8. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM (#4502699)
caution to oriole fans.

Frankie is always one tick away from train wreck. he keeps having to re-invent himself to get guys out and there is a shorter and shorter shelf life for each adjustment

strongly reminds me of doug jones at the end of his career when he would swap teams, be great, then awful, swap teams again and be great again.

so you are likely ok for the remainder of 2013 since its a new league of hitters for him. but he has a shelf life. do not delude yourself into thinking otherwise

good luck!
   9. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: July 24, 2013 at 10:52 AM (#4502704)
The orioles only have him for a couple months and I think there's zero chance they re-sign him.
   10. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM (#4502707)
y:

good plan. though in that scenario I think they overpaid. I don't have 100 percent insight but I strongly suspect doug was looking for some middling arms, some kid or kids with fastballs who were struggling at a ball or the like, and this dropped in his lap and he said 'deal' as fast as possible
   11. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: July 24, 2013 at 11:10 AM (#4502737)
Well, it's not exactly a secret that K-Rod is often a walking powder keg, but although the O's rotation looks as if it's finally become somewhat stabilized, it's still nice to have another proven arm in there in order to fill the last three innings. When you've got three fairly evenly matched teams fighting it out in the most competitive division in baseball (along with the NLC), and with the division title bringing such a huge reward compared to the WC, that one extra arm might just make the difference between the postseason and a premature Winter vacation.
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 24, 2013 at 01:39 PM (#4502861)
juan Francisco has been the nominal first baseman for the past month and will remain so. yuni now only plays on sundays or late in games as a replacement.


What, is Francisco a Seventh-Day Adventist or something?
   13. Bitter Mouse Posted: July 24, 2013 at 02:30 PM (#4502924)
Oops.
   14. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 24, 2013 at 02:39 PM (#4502936)
elroy

Ron regularly gives the front line guys Sunday off

it's annoying in its predictability
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 24, 2013 at 02:51 PM (#4502946)
I'm not super familiar with the Brewers, but don't they have a ton of guys with decent pop, but no position, who probably couldn't put up enough pop to be a good 1B?
   16. McCoy Posted: July 24, 2013 at 02:52 PM (#4502948)
I would have gone with a NY Strip personally.
   17. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 24, 2013 at 02:58 PM (#4502954)
Ron regularly gives the front line guys Sunday off

it's annoying in its predictability


And on the seventh day, He rested His starters.

I would have gone with a NY Strip personally.


Milwaukee's a small market. Can't afford it. But delmonico is a definite improvement over the cube steak they've been running out there this year.
   18. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 24, 2013 at 03:01 PM (#4502957)
ag1

the brewers need to pick a guy and give him regular at bats. rotating guys in and out with no rhyme or reason hurts all of involved

khris davis can only play left field because he has a terrible arm and cannot play first base (and yes, they tried it)
caleb gindl can only play left field because he has mediocre speed and arm and at 5'7" is not first base material
logan Schafer does not have much 'pop', is an excellent outfielder and is not a first base option
juan Francisco has pop, is poor defensively and swings with his eyes actually open maybe half the time. right now he is the best option

do I really need to discuss yuni, taylor green and mat gamel? none are viable either to being bad at baseball or injured

it's possible Milwaukee re-signs corey hart for a year while nicky gets time at double a and hopefully improves
   19. OsunaSakata Posted: July 24, 2013 at 03:44 PM (#4503002)
http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/23/a-reminder-francisco-rodriguez-is-a-worse-human-being-than-ryan-braun/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

   20. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 24, 2013 at 04:43 PM (#4503057)
Delmonico is a prime prospect - perhaps a rare find - who is likely to steak a claim to a starting job if he meats expectations. Well done, Brewers.
   21. The District Attorney Posted: July 24, 2013 at 05:13 PM (#4503081)
"Khris Davis"?? Harveys, I was about to give you credit for the creative names you keep making up, but I have to say you didn't go too far out of your way to come up with that one.

Anyway, sounds like a very nice trade for the Brewers. Reminds me more of what you'd expect to get 20 years ago than what you'd expect to get now, when both "proven closer"-ness and late-season rentals have lost a lot of their perceived value. Could still be fine for the O's, though, if K-Rod contributes something worthwhile to them, as this guy sounds like a potential contributor but not a potential star.

Remember when K-Rod had 208 saves at age 26? That was... actually not that interesting even then, so never mind.

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