The Red Sox on Friday obtained righthanded reliever Burke Badenhop from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for 20-year-old Rookie League lefthander Luis Ortega.
Badenhop, who turns 31 in February, appeared in 63 games for Milwaukee last season, going 2-3 with one save. Over 62.1 innings, he allowed 62 hits and struck out 42 against 12 walks.
Righthanded batters hit .229 against Badenhop with a .574 OPS. In 163 plate appearances, righthanded batters drew only four walks against Badenhop.
Over the last two seasons, Badenhop has thrown 124.2 innings and issued only 15 non-intentional walks.
Badenhop is eligible for salary arbitration for the third and final time and is projected to make $2.1 million this season. That was likely part of Milwaukee’s incentive to trade him. For the Red Sox, he represents a short-term investment
This marks the fourth time Badenhop has been traded since 2007, the third time in the last three years. Drafted by the Tigers in 2005 out of Bowling Green University, Badenhop was one of six players traded to the Marlins in 2007 for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis,
New Boston teammate Andrew Miller also was part of that deal.
Florida traded Badenhop to Tampa Bay for a minor leaguer in 2011. The Rays traded Badenhop to the Brewers last December, also for minor league outfielder Raul Mondesi Jr.
Ortega was 3-3 with a 2.45 ERA in 12 appearances in the Gulf Coast League last season.