Reds add RHPs Burke Badenhop and Kevin Gregg
CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Reds have added a pair of right-handed pitchers to their bullpen, agreeing to a one-year deal with Burke Badenhop that guarantees him $2.5 million and giving Kevin Gregg a minor league contract.
Badenhop, who turns 32 on Monday, was 0-3 with a 2.29 ERA and one save in 70 relief appearances for Boston last year. He is 18-23 in seven big league seasons that included stints with Florida (2008-11), Tampa Bay (2012) and Milwaukee (2013).
Badenhop gets $1 million this year under Saturday's agreement, which includes a mutual option for 2016 at $4 million with a $1.5 million buyout. He can earn $250,000 in performance bonuses for games pitched: $50,000 for 45, and $100,000 apiece for 50 and 55. If the option is exercised, he also could earn the bonuses in 2016.
Gregg, 36, had a 10.00 ERA in 10 games last year in his second stint with the Marlins, when he started the season in Miami's minor league system and then needed surgery in August to remove bone chips from his pitching elbow. He is 30-44 in 12 seasons, also pitching for the Angels (2003-06), the Marlins (2007-08), the Chicago Cubs (2009, `13), Toronto (2010) and Baltimore (2011-12).
He would get a $1.5 million, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster and have the chance to earn performance bonuses.