The Boston Red Sox made their first trade of the offseason and it was certainly an efficient one at that. Relief pitcher Burke Badenhop isn’t a flashy name by any means. However, he is a very dependable pitcher who will do wonders as the Red Sox attempt to tweak the bullpen.
It’s no secret that the bullpen struggled last season for Boston, which is why the organization must do whatever it takes to repair the weak link on the team if they want to win a second consecutive World Series title. A 3.70 bullpen earned run average is unacceptable for a team that competes in the most competitive division in baseball. Along with that, the Red Sox have to figure out a way to improve on their 24 blown saves.
Badenhop posted a 2-3 record with a 3.47 earned run average, 42 strikeouts, five holds and one save in 63 appearances in 2013. He also managed to blow three saves, although that number shouldn’t be a concern for Boston, as he was not acquired to be the closer.
The 30-year-old has put up better performances in his career, but nonetheless, it was still a productive season that should give the Red Sox a good idea of what he’s capable of accomplishing. The good news is he won’t cost Boston much as he’s not expected to make much more than the $1.55 million paycheck he earned in 2013.
Boston dealt Minor League reliever Luis Ortega to the Milwaukee Brewers for Badenhop. Ortega has a career 9-6 record with a 2.25 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 96 innings in two years in the Rookie league.