Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/8/14
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league third baseman Nick Delmonico. Rodriguez has ten saves for Milwaukee this season along with a 1.09 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings. Baltimore has seen their bullpen's ERA jump by more than half a run this season up to 3.68 after an unreal 2012 that saw their pen finish with a 3.00 ERA, good for third in the American League. 2012 standouts Troy Patton and Jim Johnson have seen their ERAs jump by a run in 2013, while Pedro Strop's ERA nearly tripled before he was dealt to the Cubs in the Scott Feldman trade. The 31-year old Rodriguez was signed to a minor league deal by the Brewers in April before being brought up by the club in mid-May. His fastball isn't as dominant as it once was, with a whiff rate under 10% each of the last two years, but he's been picking up velocity as the season as gone on. However, the price that the Orioles ...
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