Red Sox Avoid Arbitration by Signing Badenhop to One-Year Deal

Red Sox news release…

BOSTON, MA—The
Boston Red Sox today agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Burke
Badenhop on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract for the 2014 season,
thus avoiding salary arbitration.  Terms were not disclosed. 

 

Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement.

 

Badenhop
was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league
pitcher Luis Ortega on November 22, 2013.  The 30-year-old went 2-3 with
a 3.47 ERA (24 ER/62.1 IP) in 63 relief appearances for the Brewers in
2013.  He held right-handed batters to a .229 average (35-for-153) and
finished the season with a 2.05 ERA (5 ER/22.0 IP) over his last 21
games of the season, allowing earned runs just twice in that span.  With
just 12 free passes allowed all year, he ranked seventh among
qualifying National League relievers in fewest walks per nine innings
pitched (1.7).

 

Over
the last two years, his first two full seasons in the majors, Badenhop
has posted a 3.25 ERA (45 ER/124.2 IP).  His 1.7 walk rate in that time
ranks fifth among major league relievers with at least 115.0 innings.
 Since the start of 2012, opponents have grounded into 16 double plays
with Badenhop on the mound, a mark surpassed by only nine other major
league relievers.

 

In
parts of six big league seasons, Badenhop has a record of 18-20 with
three saves, and a 3.98 ERA (166 ER/375.1 IP) in 280 games (10 starts)
between the Miami Marlins (2008-11), Tampa Bay Rays (2012), and Brewers
(2013).  Originally a 19th-round selection of the Detroit
Tigers in the 2005 June Draft, he was a part of the Tigers and Marlins
trade for Miguel Cabrera which also included current Red Sox left hander
Andrew Miller.

 

The
Red Sox have four arbitration-eligible players remaining: first
baseman/outfielder Mike Carp, infielder Jonathan Herrera, left-handed
pitcher Andrew Miller, and right-handed pitcher Junichi Tazawa.