Sat, 05 Oct 2013 11:12:56 -0700
The Baltimore Orioles are unlikely to re-sign impending free-agent RP Francisco Rodriguez.
Thu, 22 Aug 2013 10:39:41 -0700
Baltimore Orioles RP Tommy Hunter, not RP Jim Johnson, recorded the save over the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, Aug. 21, recording the final out of the inning after following RPs Darren O'Day and Brian Matusz. Manager Buck Showalter indicated that he was trying to stay away from Johnson, who had warmed up two or three days in a row and pitched Tuesday, Aug. 20. "Oh, sure, you can read it," Showalter said. "We've got 30-something games. We're going to put our best foot forward every night. Jimmy's our best option, one of them. I'm glad we've got more than one good option. We've got a lot of good options and we'll continue to make use of them."
Fantasy Tip: Hunter deserves to be added if you're looking for saves. Johnson is probably still Showalter's preference in the ninth for the long term, though. Francisco Rodriguez (groin) is battling a nagging injury and could also vulture a few saves while Johnson is vulnerable right now.
Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:27:45 -0700
Baltimore Orioles SS J.J. Hardy (back) is returning to the lineup Monday, Aug. 19, and RP Francisco Rodriguez (groin) is available to pitch out of the bullpen.
Fantasy Tip: Rodriguez could be in line for a save chance today if Buck Showalter wants to give Jim Johnson a break after his recent struggles. Save chasers should add Rodriguez if he's available.
Fri, 16 Aug 2013 21:23:15 -0700
Baltimore Orioles RP Francisco Rodriguez (groin) left his appearance Friday, Aug. 16, due to a strained right groin. While the team expects him to avoid a stint on the 15-day disabled list, they will recall a pitcher from Triple-A Norfolk Saturday, Aug. 17.
Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:49:12 -0700
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't say that RP Jim Johnson would be demoted from the closer's role after blowing three straight saves, but he mentioned that they have other options around him. It looks as though the team will go with a closer-by-committee in the ninth inning based on matchups, at least until Johnson can get back on track.
Fantasy Tip: It would not be surprising to see Showalter give Johnson a bit of a break. Francisco Rodriguez is the best bet to see save opportunities in the near future. Johnson shouldn't be dropped, but it might take him some time before he's back in the ninth full time.
Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:48:31 -0700
Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson will remain the club's closer, said manager Buck Showalter on Thursday, Aug. 15. The manager was asked if RP Francisco Rodriguez could get an opportunity to pitch in the ninth inning, and he responded, "I don't foresee that."
Fantasy Tip: The O's have dealt with Johnson's failures on and off all season, so at some point they have to consider a change. It's not clear if K-Rod wouldn't get a chance just because Showalter may favor others or because he's loyal to Johnson. The likelihood is the latter, but Tommy Hunter and Darren O'Day would have to receive consideration as well in the event of a demotion of Johnson.
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:36:43 -0700
The Detroit Tigers are not searching for a closer on the trade market thanks to the success of RP Joaquin Benoit. Instead, they're looking for a pitcher to bolster their bullpen in the seventh or eighth innings. The Tigers don't have many options, though, and they're no longer looking at Philadelphia Phillies RP Jonathan Papelbon. Detroit has already been shot down on Baltimore Orioles RP Francisco Rodriguez, Miami Marlins RP Steve Cishek, Minnesota Twins RP Glen Perkins and Seattle Mariners RP Oliver Perez.
Fantasy Tip: This cements Benoit's value as Detroit's unquestioned closer, and he is in no current danger of getting booted from the ninth.
Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:53:43 -0700
The Baltimore Orioles optioned 3B Danny Valencia to the minors Wednesday, July 24, to clear space on the roster for RP Francisco Rodriguez.
Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:15:12 -0700
The Milwaukee Brewers traded RP Francisco Rodriguez to the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, July 23, in exchange for INF Nick Delmonico.
Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:07:56 -0700
The Baltimore Orioles acquired RP Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday, July 23, in exchange for INF Nick Delmonico. Also, the Orioles moved OF Nolan Reimold (neck) to the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: Now that K-Rod is out of the picture in Milwaukee, we expect Jim Henderson to jump back into the closer's role, but there's also a chance that John Axford works his way back into consideration eventually. Own both in deep mixed leagues if you're speculating for saves. In Baltimore, K-Rod will be put into setup duties for Jim Johnson, so he'll lose his value as a closer.
Delmonico, 21, has the skills to hit for a decent average and nice pop at the major league level, but he may be several years away from a starting role in Milwaukee.