SARASOTA, Fla. — The Orioles announced they have traded minor league first baseman Mike Flacco to the Red Sox for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
He is the brother of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
Flacco, 26, is not a prospect. He hit .218./289./337 for Single A Frederick last year. He is a career .253 hitter in four minor league seasons.
“The Orioles have more corner players than spots in our system and the Red Sox had interest in Mike Flacco, so we thought it was a match,” Baltimore GM Dan Duquette said.
Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said his interest was adding some power to the lower levels of the organization. Flacco has 21 home runs in his career.
First base also is the thinnest position in the Red Sox organization.
During the week leading up to the Super Bowl, the 6-foot-6 Flacco told a reporter that he was interested in joining the NFL as a tight end despite not having played football since high school. Flacco later said he was committed to playing baseball.