The Ravens just signed quarterback Joe Flacco to a long-term deal, but apparently his younger brother Mike is leaving town.
A number of sportswriters covering the Baltimore Orioles and Red Sox this afternoon tweeted that minor league first baseman Mike Flacco, 26, has been sent to the Boston Red Sox for cash considerations or a player-to-be-named-later.
The 6-foot-6 right-handed hitter batted just .218, with eight homeruns and 35 RBI in 103 games last year for the Frederick Keys, a high "A" Oriole affiliate.
The O's drafted Flacco in the 31st round in 2009 out of the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville. Once a promising high school quarteback, injuries derailed the younger Flacco's gridiron career, ultimately pushing him toward the diamond.
MASN's Roch Kubatko reports Oriole's executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette comments on the deal: "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."