Red Sox trade for reliever Badenhop

Red Sox trade for reliever Badenhop
November 22, 2013, 2:30 pm
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It hardly qualifies as a blockbuster, but the Red Sox have made their first significant transaction of the off-season, obtaining reliever Burke Badenhop from the Milwaukeee Brewers in exchange for lefty pitching prospect Luis Ortega.
     
Badenhop, 30, has spent part of six seasons in the big leagues. Last year with the Brewers, Badenhop appeared in 63 games and compiled a 3.47 ERA over 62 1/3 innings.
     
He spent 2012 with Tampa Bay after four seasons with the Florida Marlins from 2008-2011.
     
Though Badenhop doesn't register a lot of strikeouts -- he averaged 6.1 strikeouts per nine innings over each of the last two seasons and his career mark is 6.7 per nine innings -- he has shown super control, averaging just 1.7 walks per nine innings in both 2012 and 2013.
     
Badenhop is arbitration-eligible -- which may have been a factor in the Brewers' willingness to move him. He earned $1.5 million last year and will probably get more than $2 million through the arbitration process this winter.
    
He will be eligible for free agency after 2014.
     
He is added to a bullpen that already features returning veterans Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, Andrew Miller, Franklin Morales and Craig Breslow, along with a number of younger prospects who could be candidates for a relief spot, including Brandon Workman and Rubby De Le Rosa.
     
Ortega was signed by the Sox in 2011 and pitched for the Red Sox' Low A affiliate in the Gulf Coast League in 2013, where he posted a 2.45 ERA in 36 2/3 innings, most of them in a relief role.