Red Sox Acquire Badenhop From Brewers

The Deal

The Red Sox acquired a veteran piece for their bullpen at low cost Friday, adding righthander Burke Badenhop from the Brewers in exchange for 20-year-old lefthander Luis Ortega, who spent 2013 in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

 

Brewers Acquire

Luis Ortega, lhp
Age:
20.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Red Sox, July 2, 2011.

Club Lg Class W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
Red Sox GCL R 3 3 2.45 12 1 0 0 37 38 2 15 26 3.68 6.38 1.45

 

A 5-foot-10 lefty signed for $45,000 out of the Dominican Republic, Ortega completed his first season in the U.S. in 2013 after debuting in the Dominican Summer League in 2012. He’s short but has a strong, well-built frame, a quick arm and throws strikes with an 87-92 mph fastball. He doesn’t have a swing-and-miss secondary pitch, with a changeup that’s more advanced than his slurvy breaking ball, which could eventually morph into a true slider down the road. He’s a longshot guy who fits best as a reliever.

—Ben Badler
 

Red Sox Acquire

Burke Badenhop, rhp
Age:
30.
Remaining Commitment: Third-year arbitration-eligible for 2014 ($1.55 million salary in 2013).

Year Club Lg W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO BB/9 SO/9 WHIP
2011 Florida NL 2 3 4.10 50 0 0 1 64 65 1 24 51 3.39 7.21 1.40
2012 Tampa Bay AL 3 2 3.03 66 0 0 0 62 63 6 12 42 1.73 6.06 1.20
2013 Milwaukee NL 2 3 3.47 63 0 0 1 62 62 6 12 42 1.73 6.06 1.19

 

Badenhop has a consistent track record as an average middle reliever, having thrown between 62-72 innings each of the last five major league seasons. He consistently pitches with a below-average fastball (for a reliever) in the 88-91 mph range, but he throws a lot of strikes and leans heavily on his hard slider in the 78-81 mph range. He’ll also throw a changeup, though he uses it less than he used to. He’s one of the more consistent groundball pitchers in major league bullpens, with a career 55 percent groundball rate.

 

Trade Central 2013

 

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