Following their World Series Championship, GM Ben Cherignton had pledged to improve the Red Sox roster in anyway possible. Several rumors have been swirling over the past few weeks regarding the Sox and their interest in some big name free agents. Cherington took his first step Friday, in acquiring a minor piece to the puzzle.
Boston sent 20-year-old lefthander Louis Ortega to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for the relatively unknown, right-handed reliever, Burke Badenhop.
One will not be wowed when glancing over Badenhop’s career statistics. But his ERA against right-handed hitters and the success he has had against fellow American League East foes surely swayed the Sox into swinging a deal for the 30-year-old.
Badenhop consistently throws strikes and was able to limit right-handers to a .229 batting average last season. He has posted a remarkably low 2.67 ERA against the O’s, Jays, Rays, and Yankess in 33 appearances opposite them.
With that being said, Badenhop figures to add great value to the mix of arms in John Farrell’s pen. Don’t expect him to play a prominent role, though a situational role in which he could be called upon to retire a strong right-handed bat.
This acquisition figures to be the first of several to come. Mike Napoli still remains a free agent, along with Stephen Drew, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jacoby Ellsbury. It seems as if Napoli has the most realistic shot of returning out of the group.
Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran and Matt Kemp have been some the bigger names the Red Sox have reportedly been showing interest in.