News From The American League East Including The Baltimore Orioles Wheeling And Dealing
While the rest of the american league east either decides how they want to proceed for the stretch run, the Baltimore Orioles continue to be aggressive in the trade market to try and shore up their roster for a strong August and September run. The O’s made another deal on Tuesday to try and bolster their bullpen.
The O’s, after having dealt away Pedro Strop and Jake Arrieta to the Cubs to acquire starter Scott Feldman, added to their pen by trading for former top notch closer Frankie Rodriguez. ” K Rod” was exchanged for Nick Delmonico,a 6th round draft pick in 2011.
Rodriguez has quietly has a solid year again in Milwaukee. In 25 games he has 10 saves and an ERA that stands at a stingy 1.09. He will help set up saves leader Jimi Johnson.
Meanwhile the Yankees are having discussions with the Cubs about bringing back Alfonso Soriano. The outfielder was dealt by the Yanks to help acquire Alex Rodriguez, then signed a big dollar deal with the Chicago Cubs. While he hasn’t lived up to the zero’s in his paycheck, Soriano has been productive. With only 1 more year left on that contract, Soriano has gone from un-tradeable to desired, especially if the Cubs pay the majority of the 25 million left on that contract. The Yanks are dying for some offense as they have been shut out 8 times already this year.
In Boston, the Red Sox, despite mounting injuries to their pitching staff, have been quiet. don’t expect that to last. The Sox did make a move with 1 of their players on the roster on Tuesday. Boston announced they have extended the contract of 2nd baseman and the leader of the team, Dustin Pedroia.
Pedroia has played all but 1 game this year despite a serious thumb injury suffered early in the year. he is hitting .308 with 6 long flies and 57 RBI so far. No one questions his grit and leadership. Both sides to have made a good deal here. Pedroia nearly doubles his salary but the Sox get a good market value deal for their ultra popular infielder.