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The Baltimore Orioles have been the most aggressive buyers on the trade market, acquiring right-handed starter Scott Feldman from the Chicago Cubs and right-handed reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers.
And they might not be done.
The Orioles, continuing to explore ways to improve their pitching staff, are among the teams talking to the Houston Astros about their available pitchers, according to major-league sources.
Baltimore likely would balk at the prospect price for right-hander Bud Norris, but could target former Oriole lefty Erik Bedard or right-hander Lucas Harrell, sources said.
"I think they're still looking at a ton of stuff," one rival executive said.
The Orioles, winners of four of five games since the All-Star break, are 3½ games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East and are 1 ½ games ahead of the Texas Rangers for the second AL wild-card berth. Still, Baltimore's rotation ranks only 12th in the AL with a 4.64 ERA.
Feldman has produced three quality starts in four outings since joining the club. Lefty Wei-Yin Chen has made two excellent starts after returning from a strained right oblique. But the Orioles, according to one source, are concerned about right-hander Jason Hammel, who has an .819 opponents' OPS and 5.20 ERA in 117 2/3 innings.
Rodriguez, their latest acquisition, will fortify the bullpen, pitching somewhere in the late innings and providing an occasional alternative to closer Jim Johnson.
"We've been just trying to upgrade our pitching," general manager Dan Duquette said. "I don't know if there will be many more opportunities to do that, but we're going to keep looking around. This AL East is a dogfight."
The O's still should be in a relatively flexible position. They parted with two struggling pitchers, right-handers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop, for Feldman, and a decent infield prospect, Nick Delmonico, for Rodriguez, adding less than $4 million in the two deals.
Norris would cost less than $1.5 million for the rest of the season, Bedard less than $500,000, Harrell less than $250,000. Other rival pitchers in those price ranges would figure to appeal to the Orioles as well.
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The Baltimore Orioles are trying to solidify their bullpen for their playoff run, and they have added K-Rod to their team in a trade.
Bolstering its bullpen is always an important factor for teams that have playoff hopes. For the Baltimore Orioles it became a necessity. The answer for Baltimore was to acquire Francisco Rodriguez, on of the best relievers in baseball, from the Milwaukee Brewers.Rodriguez will fill a setup role for the Orioles and will surely ease some of the pressure in late inning situations. The need for
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers have traded reliever Francisco Rodriguez to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league third baseman Nick Delmonico.
Rodriguez, 31, appeared in 25 games for the Brewers this season with a 1.09 ERA and 10 saves. Signed in April to a minor-league contract, Rodriguez was promoted to the Brewers on May 15.
"We appreciate Francisco'...
The trade deadline is in eight days. Thus far, we’ve seen the Cubs trade away Scott Feldman, the Cubs trade away Scott Hairston, the Cubs trade away Matt Garza, and most recently, the Cubs getting close to trading away Alfonso Soriano. Okay, sure, the Marlins traded Ricky Nolasco too, but you would not be wrong to suggest that it has seemed for most of July that exactly one team...
Following the announcement that the Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun would be suspended for the remaining 65 games of the 2013 season on Monday, the Brewers went ahead and made a deal for a future big bat on Tuesday.
The Brewers traded spot closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for third base prospect Nick Delmonico.
For Baltimore, the 2013 season has been...
Veteran reliever Francisco Rodriguez is now a Baltimore Oriole.
The Brewers sent the 31-year-old relief pitcher to the O’s for minor league infielder, Nick Delmonico. Appearing in 25 games this season, K-Rod has a 1.09 ERA, has recorded 26 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings and has 10 saves on the year.
Delmonico was a sixth-round pick in 2011, and the 20-year-old was hitting .244 in...
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...
The Brewers have traded veteran reliever Francisco Rodriguez to the Baltimore Orioles for third base prospect Nick Delmonico.
Several teams had shown interest in Rodriguez, 31, who signed with the Brewers after the season began but eventually became their clsoer. He was 1-1 with a 1.09 ER in 25 games and had converted all 10 of his save opportunities.
But, with the team mired in...
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league infielder Nick Delmonico.
The Orioles cleared space for Rodriguez on the 40-man roster Tuesday by transferring outfielder Nolan Reimold to the 60-day disabled list before their game against the Kansas City Royals.
Rodriguez was one of the game's best relievers during...
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While going 0-2 in my men’s league baseball game (considered a success), news of the Baltimore Orioles acquiring RHP Francisco Rodriguez permeated through the bench. My first thought was, a relief pitcher? Then as I stood out in left field, hoping I wouldn’t have to test my depleted arm I thought, a move like this makes the most sense.
The Orioles were not going...
MILWAUKEE -- During his time with the Milwaukee Brewers, John Axford has had the chance to watch two of the more successful closers in baseball history.
When Axford first arrived in the big leagues, Trevor Hoffman was there to take him under his wing. With the exclusion of the first month of this season, Francisco Rodriguez has shared the back end of Milwaukee's bullpen with...
Remember when the Red Sox used to have little trouble with the Orioles?
From 2005-11, the Sox never dropped a season series against Baltimore, including winning 16 of 18 in 2009. However, the Orioles flipped the script in 2012, winning 13 of 18 matchups. This year, the Orioles lead the season series 5-2 entering a three-game set over the weekend at Camden Yards. Baltimore will be...
The Tigers, having missed out on Francisco Rodriguez, have set there sights on a different reliever. They sent two scouts to the Brewers-Padres game and have their eyes on one particular reliever.
The Tigers, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, have "continued" interest in Padres relief pitcher Luke Gregerson. Morosi also mentioned Huston Street, Dale Thayer and Joe...
Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change
Friday, July 26 @ 7:05 PM
John Lackey, RHP (7-7, 2.95) vs Chris Tillman, RHP (12-3, 3.84)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
Saturday, July 27 @ 7:05 PM
Ryan Dempster, RHP (5-8, 4.28) vs Scott Feldman, RHP (9-7, 3.75)
TV: NESN, MLB Network, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network...