Jared Sandler, the play-by-play guy for the Rangers Radio Network, reported on Twitter that the club signed pitcher Burke Badenhop to a minor league contract. Badenhop had signed with the Nationals on a minor league contract in February, but was released on March 30. The Nationals then re-signed Badenhop to a new minor league contract and released him again on April 1.
Badenhop, 33, spent last season with the Reds, posting a 3.93 ERA with a 36/20 K/BB ratio over 66 1/3 innings. Despite pitching well over the last four seasons, Badenhop’s velocity and his already-mediocre strikeout rate have been in decline, so teams likely aren’t willing to commit to a major league contract.