Burke Badenhop

Burke Badenhop lands with Reds, not Red Sox

Rob Bradford
February 07, 2015 - 8:14 am

Burke Badenhop's foray into free agency lasted a bit longer than anticipated. But Saturday the reliever found a home. Badenhop agreed to a one-year deal with a mutual option with the Reds. The deal is for a guaranteed $2.5 million, which includes $1 million guaranteed for '15, along with a $1.5 million buyout on the $4 million option for '16. He can also earn up to $250,000 in performance bonuses. (The bonuses are as follows: $50K for 45 appearances, $100K for 50 appearances, $100K for 55 appearances.) The righty, who turns 32 years old Sunday, was one of the bright spots for the 2014 Red Sox, finishing with a 2.29 ERA and 61 percent ground ball rate (seventh-best among qualifying relievers). Talking to WEEI.com in January, Badenhop reiterated "Those are doing-your-job-type of numbers." (To read all of the reliever's comments on free agency, click here.) While Badenhop didn't lock up the guaranteed multi-year deal of fellow free agent relievers Luke Hochevar, Zach Duke or Pat Neshek, the option year presents a very real opportunity for the six-year veteran to make a healthy pay day for '16. According to sources, the Red Sox weren't particular aggressive in their pursuit of Badenhop despite his '14 success. The likelihood of a Badenhop return was diminished upon the acquisition of ground ball reliever Anthony Varvaro, along with the additions of relievers Robbie Ross and Alexi Ogando. Some of the free agent relievers still on the market include Francisco Rodriguez, Rafael Soriano and Joba Chamberlain.