Reds sign Burke Badenhop to a one-year, $1 million deal

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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.

Video: Cole Tucker’s first MLB hit is two-run homer

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Pirates prospect shortstop Cole Tucker stepped up for an injured Erik González on Saturday and wasted little time proving that he was ready to shoulder major-league responsibilities. After starting the game 0-for-2, Tucker pounced on Derek Holland‘s 2-2 sinker and sent it out to center field for a two-run shot in the fifth inning.

Following the tie-breaking blast, Tucker responded to cheers from the crowd with… perhaps a little more ceremony than the occasion required. He was the second of the Pirates’ prospects to record his first major-league hit during the game, as outfielder Bryan Reynolds also hit a single off of Holland in the fourth.

Jung Ho Kang struck out to end the inning, after which a rain delay was called. The Pirates currently lead the Giants 3-1.