Orioles acquire K-Rod; Red Sox sign Pedroia long-term; A-Rod saga continues

The Orioles made a second trade for pitching this season, acquiring Francisco Rodriguez, the man Mets fans may remember as K-Rod, for minor league infielder Nick Delmonico.

Rodriguez signed with the Brewers as a free agent in mid-April. He is 1-1 with 10 saves and a 1.09 ERA in 25 appearances. He’s struck out 26 and walked nine in 24 2/3 innings. The Orioles needed some help in the bullpen since Jim Johnson has struggled in the closer’s role.

Delmonico is just in High-A, but he has shown some power with 13 homers in 61 games this year. He’s played first, second and third base in his brief minor league career.

This comes on the heels of the Orioles trading for starting pitcher Scott Feldman a few weeks ago. With Tampa Bay riding a crazy hot streak and the Red Sox looking like they’re not going anywhere, the Orioles have also made a case as serious contenders in the AL East.

Rodriguez saved 83 games for the Mets between 2009 and 2011.  The Mets traded him to Milwaukee in 2011. One of the players they got back in return, Danny Herrera, is currently pitching for the Long Island Ducks. The other, Adrian Rosario, had a 10.12 ERA at Binghamton this year before being released.

Dustin Pedroia signs autographs prior to the All-Star game at Citi Field. (Will Montgomery photo/Times Herald-Record)

The Red Sox signed Dustin Pedroia to a contract extension on Tuesday, locking him up, beginning with the 2015 season, for seven more years and $100 million.

It’s a pretty great bargain for a guy who was the 2007 AL Rookie of the Year and the 2008 AL MVP.

Pedroia isn’t going to hit for a ton of power. His career high of 21 homers came in 2011. He will, however, get about 40 doubles a season. Pedroia also plays nearly every day and is one of the game’s best defenders at second base.

One wonders how Pedroia’s deal changes how the Yankees approach Robinson Cano’s impending free agency. Cano hits for more power and a slightly better average, but like Pedroia, is an everyday option who is solid in the field. Cano is probably looking for twice as much money over the same amount of years, but the Yankees might point to Pedroia’s deal and tell him that is what he’s worth.

The latest in the Alex Rodriguez saga is almost too much to believe.

This afternoon on Mike Francesa’s radio show, A-Rod’s doctor, Michael Gross, who Rodriguez sought out for a second opinion on the MRI he received Sunday, says Rodriguez is healthy and should be able to play. The Yankees’ diagnosis of a Grade I right quadriceps strain? Baloney, says A-Rod’s doctor.

Derek Jeter, who is trying to come back from the same injury, is currently with the team in Texas. Rodriguez has been sent to the team’s facility in Tampa, Fla.

The conspiracy theories are beginning to fly. Are the Yankees making up an injury to keep Rodriguez away from the team fearing a Ryan Braun-style suspension is looming? Are the Yankees trying to deem Rodriguez’s health is so bad that he should retire, meaning they’d recoup some of the money owed to him through the end of the 2017 season? Or did A-Rod’s doctor just misread an MRI?

ESPN New York is now reporting that Rodriguez asked to hit with Curtis Granderson and Jayson Nix in a batting practice session today in Tampa. Yankees officials told Rodriguez he could not participate.

Hmm.

It seems that something will happen with Rodriguez soon, be it big injury news from the Yankees or major suspension news from MLB. Either way, it doesn’t look like he’ll be rejoining the Yankees any time soon.

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