Note: This article use to be a cover of Wick's article about the Burke Badenhop signing. Whoopsie.
Word came down from Jonah Keri - who unbeknownst to me is now a news-breaker - that the Reds have a deal with the 31-year-old righty reliever:
Source: Burke Badenhop signs with #Reds. Makes $1 million in 2015, and either $4 million club option or $1.5 million buyout for 2016.— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) February 7, 2015
Badenhop isn't going to wow anyone with his K-rates, but he has an excellent command of the strikezone. He used his sinker to keep the ball in the park last season. More than that, he also used his understanding of pitch-F/X data, according to an article date-lined in Cincinnati.
A 2.3% HR/FB rate is absurdly low and sure to regress, but he's a pretty good match for a small ballpark. Awareness of analytics is no guarantee of prolonged success - just ask Brian Bannister - but it probably has a good chance of working for a reliever with crafty secondary stuff.
The Reds bullpen may not be immensely talented once you get past Aroldis Chapman, but it is interesting. With Badenhop and Gregg coming on board, there is a plethora of cheap pitchers with upside as mid-to-late-inning guys. This is a far cry from the Coco Cordero and Jonathan Broxton contracts of the past.
The following is what I believe to be a complete list of relievers/potential relievers that will be in Reds' camp, give or take a Chad Rogers:
*What's the plan here, again?
** Currently DFA