Red Sox acquire reliever Burke Badenhop from Brewers

The champion Red Sox have added Burke Badenhop to the pen. (USATSI)
The champion Red Sox have added Burke Badenhop to the pen. (USATSI)

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The Red Sox have acquired right-handed reliever Burke Badenhop from the Brewers in exchange for minor-league lefty Luis Ortega. 

Badenhop, 30, pitched to a 3.47 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 3.50 K/BB last season in 62 1/3 innings for Milwaukee. For his career, he owns an ERA+ of 103 and, thanks to a sinker he throws a healthy majority of the time, a groundball percentage of 54.6. Right-handed batters own a .641 lifetime OPS against Badenhop, while lefties check in at .792, so he's really more of a "righty specialist." Badenhop is eligible for salary arbitration. 

As for Ortega, the 20-year-old has a 2.25 ERA and just three home runs allowed in 96 innings across two seasons of rookie-level ball. 

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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. A member of the BBWAA, He's the author of three books, the most recent being... Full Bio

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