Despite not even being a month removed from winning the 2013 World Series, the Boston Red Sox‘s front office is already looking to improve weaknesses. One such area the Red Sox struggled with during the season (if you had to find a flaw) would be in middle relief, so the team did their best to address that today by trading for reliever Burke Badenhop of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Red Sox will send rookie ball pitcher Luis Ortega to Milwaukee:
The Boston Red Sox today acquired right-handed pitcher Burke Badenhop from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league pitcher Luis Ortega.
Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement.
Badenhop, 30, is known for his solid sinker and has a career 3.25 ERA in his two Major League seasons. He’s also known for his ability to keep the ball in the park, something that will be highly valued in the American League East.
For the cost, it was a no-brainer move for the Red Sox and is a case of the rich getting richer.
Meanwhile, for the Brewers, they get out of Badenhop’s $1.55 million dollar salary and pick up a solid reliever, though, it’s questionable if he’ll ever see the Major League level.