The Milwaukee Brewers acquired right-handed reliever Burke Badenhop today from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for outfielder Raul Mondesi Jr. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin.
Badenhop, who turns 30 on February 8, went 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 66 relief appearances for the Rays in 2012. He posted a 1.42 ERA over his last 16 appearances (12.2ip, 2er) while holding opponents to a .229 batting average during that period. Badenhop owns a career record of 16-17 with a 4.08 ERA and 2 saves in 217 games, including 10 starts, with Miami (2008-11) and Tampa Bay (2012). He has pitched exclusively in relief for each of the last three seasons.
He relies primarily on two pitches, a sinker which tends to travel between 89 and 91 MPH and a slider which sits at or just above 80 though he’ll throw a standard fastball as well. Being 6’5″ (and listed at 220lbs, for what it’s worth), he gets on top of his sinker pretty well which gives it good movement and induces a majority of ground balls which is never a bad thing at Miller Park. His slider is his strikeout pitch for the handful he tallies.
His best asset on the mound would have to be his control. Badenhop allowed the fourth-fewest walks in baseball among pitchers with at least 60 IP last season.
Badenhop grew up in Ohio and calls himself a “midwest guy”. He was excited about coming to Milwaukee when reached for comment today saying that “It’s nice to be wanted. I’m very pleased.”
Eligible for arbitration, Badenhop made $1,075,000 in salary in 2012. With the move, the Brewers’ 40-man roster stands at 39.
Mondesi Jr., 20, was signed by Milwaukee as a non-drafted free agent on June 23, 2010. He batted .231 with 5 HR and 32 RBI in 68 games at Rookie Helena this season.