Tag:Jake Jefferies
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:05 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 7:24 pm

Burke Badenhop traded to Rays

By Matt Snyder

The two teams from Florida have completed a trade, sending right-handed reliever Burke Badenhop from Miami to Tampa Bay, the Rays announced on Twitter. The Marlins get minor-league catcher Jake Jefferies in return.

Hot Stove Season
The move feels vintage Andrew Friedman, the Rays' executive who seems to have a knack for grabbing relievers on the cheap and having them come through with a good season. Kyle Farnsworth last season is a great example, just as Joaquin Benoit (2010) and several others have been in the past four years.

Badenhop, 28, had a 4.10 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 63 2/3 innings last season for the Marlins. Sabermetric stats showed he pitched much better than those numbers and suffered from bad fortune. His FIP was 2.95 and BABIP allowed was a high .327. So if things regress to the norm, Badenhop's numbers will come down.

Also, he is very cheap. He'll likely make between $1 million and $2 million bucks through arbitration each of the next two seasons before hitting free agency.

Jefferies, 24, hit just .238/.282/.327 with two home runs in 242 plate appearances between High-A and Double-A. He was a third round pick in the 2008 draft.

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