The Milwaukee Brewers have traded reliever Francisco Rodriguez to the Baltimore Orioles for prospect Nick Delmonico.
Delmonico, 21, entered 2013 as the fourth-best prospect in the Orioles organization, according to Baseball America. He batted .249 with 11 HR and 54 RBI in 95 games last season at Class-A Delmarva.
The 2011 6th round draft choice batted .244 with 13 HR and 30 RBI in 60 games at Class-A Frederick this season. His 13 homers led the team. He will be assigned to Class-A Brevard County.
"We appreciate Francisco's character and performance as a member of the Brewers," said Melvin. "In Nick Delmonico, we are getting a young left-handed hitting prospect that we liked as an amateur and have continued to follow and like as a professional. We are happy to add him to the organization."
Rodriguez, 31, went 1-1 with a 1.09 ERA in 25 games with the Brewers this season, going 10-for-10 in save opportunities. His 304 career saves tie Jeff Montgomery for 21st on the all-time Major League list.
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