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.
The Angels have placed Andrew Heaney on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation, the club announced Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 17, though it’s not yet certain that he’ll be cleared to pitch again by the end of the month.
It’s an unfortunate development for the 28-year-old southpaw, who has battled inflammation in his pitching elbow on and off since spring training. In fact, his arm issues date back several years, including the shoulder impingement that put him on the shelf in 2017 and the Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2016. With such a complicated medical history, it makes sense that the Angels would want to proceed with caution as they facilitate the lefty’s eventual return to the mound.
Given his ongoing struggles, Heaney has seen mixed results with the club in 2019. Prior to his recent IL assignment, he pitched to a 1-3 record in nine starts with a 5.09 ERA, 3.7 BB/9, and 10.6 SO/9 through 46 innings. Since the end of June, however, his starts have gotten shorter and shorter; he lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his final outing against the Astros, expending a tremendous 103 pitches and issuing two runs, two walks, and five strikeouts during the team’s eventual 7-2 win.
In a corresponding roster move, the Angels claimed lefty reliever Adalberto Mejía off of waivers from the Twins. Mejía, 26, is expected to be activated ahead of Saturday’s game versus the Mariners. Over 13 appearances with Minnesota, he turned in an 8.80 ERA, 7.0 BB/9, and 8.8 SO/9 in 15 1/3 innings.