FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mike Flacco, the brother of Super Bowl champion quarterback Joe Flacco, is now in the Red Sox organization.
The Sox traded cash to the Orioles for Flacco on Friday. A 26-year-old first baseman from New Jersey, Flacco hit .214 in 107 games between High Class A and Double-A last season. The Orioles drafted him in the 31st round in 2009.
Mike Flacco reportedly considered trying to make it in his brother's sport, but the Orioles denied that.
"Mike had a few years with us and the Red Sox had some interest," Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said Friday, according to the Baltimore Sun. "And we thought this would be a better opportunity for him. We talk to clubs every day to see if we have a match, and on this one we had a match."
A 6-foot-6 right-handed batter, Flacco had a .324/.378/.459 line against lefties in Class A last season.