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Paul Folkemer

Grading each of Duquette’s 14 summer trades as EVP of the Orioles — dating back to June 2012

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July 23, 2013: 3B Nick Delmonico to Milwaukee Brewers for RHP Francisco Rodriguez

Grade: D

Duquette hoped that Rodriguez, a longtime closer, would bolster the Orioles’ bullpen in a setup role. But Rodriguez’s Baltimore career turned sour almost immediately when he coughed up four home runs in his first four appearances. After that, he served mostly in mop-up duty, ultimately posting a 4.50 ERA in 23 games. Orioles manager Buck Showalter had little faith in Rodriguez, he never seemed to fit in, and returned to Milwaukee as a free agent after the season.

The prospect the Orioles traded, Delmonico, has had a troubled career of his own. With the Milwaukee organization, he received a 50-game suspension for amphetamine use in 2014, and the Brewers released him in Feb. 2015 because they couldn’t get in contact with him. Delmonico is now trying to salvage his career in the Chicago White Sox system. He’s currently batting .264 with a .784 OPS, 12 homers and 44 RBIs in 94 games for Triple-A Charlotte.

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