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Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Offseason Has Officially Begun for the Red Sox: Meet Their Newest Addition, Burke Badenhop

Some day, this could be a nice bit of Red Sox trivia. Who was the first guy they signed to their 40-man roster following the 2013 World Series title? Answer: right-handed reliever Burke Badenhop. He was obtained from Milwaukee for minor league left-handed pitcher Luis Ortega.

Badenhop has played in MLB for six seasons (his first four coming in Florida) and if his spectacular name sounds familiar, it's because he was on Tampa Bay in 2012. For the Rays, he was 3-2 with five holds, 3.03 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 66 appearances. Last season with the Brewers, his numbers were very slightly down but remember that Milwaukee was terrible. He went 2-3 with a save, five holds, 3.47 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 63 games.

His most impressive number is 12, that's how many walks he allowed in 2013 (62.1 innings). He only struck out 42 so he must not have great stuff and thus he lives the nomadic life of a middle reliever. If anything, he's a guy with plenty of MLB experience that they can take to Spring Training and see if something positive happens. If not, who cares?

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