Trade (July 23):
Orioles Receive RHP Francisco Rodriguez.
Brewers Receive 3B Nick Delmonico.
When the Orioles acquired K-Rod from the Milwaukee Brewers, it looked as if they solidified a struggling bullpen, as they added a four-time All-Star with plenty of experience in high-pressure situations.
Although the bullpen did improve, especially in September, it wasn't really Rodriguez's doing. The 31-year-old never really settled in with the Orioles.
It can be argued that he wasn't used correctly by manager Buck Showalter. Throughout his career, K-Rod had generally been used as a closer, or at least a set-up man. However, in his time with Baltimore, he was generally used in the seventh, or in games that were well in hand or out of reach.
Despite Jim Johnson's continued inconsistency, Showalter never called on Rodriguez for a save opportunity.
Luckily for the Orioles, they didn't give up a whole lot to acquire K-Rod.
Nick Delmonico had shown plenty of power in his time with the Orioles' organization, but injuries and inconsistency in terms of hitting for an average made him expendable.
In 61 games with the Orioles Advanced-A affiliate this season Delmonico hit 13 home runs and average .243. In 21 games with the Brewers Advanced-A affiliate, he failed to hit a home run and only hit .194.
Still, Delmonico is only 21, so he has plenty of time to prove the Orioles wrong.