Red Sox, Burke Badenhop avoid arbitration with one-year, $2.15 million deal

January 15, 2014 - 4:55 pm

The Red Sox announced that they've reached a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with right-hander Burke Badenhop to avoid salary arbitration. According to an industry source, the deal calls for Badenhop to be paid $2.15 million in 2014 -- his last season before he is eligible for free agency. The 30-year-old Badenhop, acquired from the Brewers in exchange for minor leaguer Luis Ortega , was 2-3 with a 3.47 ERA in 63 games (62 1/3 innings) last season, holding righties to a .229 average. An extreme groundball pitcher, Badenhop is also notably aggressive as a strike-thrower, having issued just 1.7 walks per nine innings. The Red Sox have four remaining arbitration-eligible players: first baseman/OF Mike Carp, infielder Jonathan Herrera, left-hander Andrew Miller and right-hander Junichi Tazawa.