Former Red Sox, Rays and Brewers Reliever Burke Badenhop has signed a one-year, $1 million contract which includes a $4 million mutual option with an incentive for 250k in preformence bonuses and a $1.5 million buyout for the 2016 season with the Cincinnati Reds. Lefty Ismael Guillon has been designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
The ground-ball specialist has been quietly excellent over the past three seasons despite being traded twice in that time, posting a combined 2.90 ERA with 5.7 K/9, 2.0 BB/9 and a 55.3 percent ground-ball rate. Badenhop has totaled 195 1/3 innings over that three-year stretch, spending one season each with the Rays, Brewers and Red Sox.
In any case, the fact the Red Sox had not signed him this close to Spring Training indicates they must not have wanted him that badly. Perhaps the Red Sox did not want to give him that second year option. Though Badenhop wanted to stay with the Red Sox longer, he was no longer in the team’s plans. In 2015 Badenhop will be pitching for his fifth team in five years as well as setting up one of the leagues best closers in Aroldis Chapman.
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