Burke Badenhop and the Boston Red Sox reached agreement on a $2.15 Million non-guaranteed one year contract for the 2014 season, allowing the two sides to avoid arbitration. WEEI’s Alex Speier was first to report the news.
The right-hander is new to the Boston organization, coming over in a mid-December trade with the Milwaukee Brewers for minor leaguer Luis Ortega. Badenhop is coming off a pair of remarkably consistent seasons, spending 2013 with Milwaukee and 2012 with the Tampa Bay Rays. Each year he pitched 62.1 IP with nearing identical strikeout (6.1 K/9), walk (1.7 BB/9), and hit rates (9.1 H/9 in ‘13, 9.0 H/9 in ‘12). He’s thrown 60+ innings in each of the past five years and over the course of his six year career that began with the then Florida Marlins Badenhop holds a 3.98 ERA and 1.311 WHIP.
Boston is likely hoping that he’ll be able to offer more of the same, offering the team another reliable reliever in the middle to late innings at an inexpensive rate. Badenhop will be a free agent following the season and if he’s able to put together another similar campaign he could set himself up for a respectable contract (perhaps a three year, $8 Million deal somewhere in need of bullpen help) as he enters his early 30s.