ESPN’s Jonah Keri reports that the Reds have signed reliever Burke Badenhop to a one-year, $1 million contract which includes a $4 million mutual option with a $1.5 million buyout for the 2016 season. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon adds that Badenhop can earn an additional $250,000 in performance incentives. To make room for Badenhop on the 40-man roster, Ismael Guillon has been designated for assignment.
Badenhop, who turns 32 on Sunday, put together the best season of his seven-year career in 2014, finishing with a 2.29 ERA and a 40/19 K/BB ratio over 70 2/3 innings with the Red Sox. His 61 percent ground ball rate was the seventh-highest among qualified relievers last season. The right-hander pitched in mostly the seventh and eighth innings for the Red Sox and figures to do the same in Cincinnati behind closer Aroldis Chapman.
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.