The signing of Badenhop came first. Coming off the best season of his career in 2014, Badenhop posted a 2.29 ERA in 70 innings of work for the Boston Red Sox this past year. You may remember Badenhop from his high socks, funky deliver, and the fact that he has pitched with the Florida (now Miami) Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers in the past.
As reported by Jonah Keri of Grantland.com, Badenhop’s deal is for one-year, with a mutual option due in 2016. This upcoming year, he’ll make only $1 million—which means that if he can pitch as well as he did in 2014; he would be an absolute steal at that dollar figure. To offset what seems to be a fleecing of market value, he will either get $1.5 million at seasons end to be bought out, or can be brought back for 2016 at a $4 million clip.
Since Badenhop’s deal is one of major league variety, there had to be a corresponding move to offset the roster spot.
After a promising start with the Reds when he was signed as an 18-year-old, Ismael Guillon has reached the end of the line in the Cincinnati farm system. He posted a 6.79 ERA at high-A Bakersfield last year, his fifth in the Reds organization. Guillon was the logical member of the 40-man roster to let go due to the improbability of him having an impact on the major league roster any time soon.
The Reds weren’t done there. They also inked veteran reliever Kevin Gregg to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training.
Having debuted with the Anaheim Angels back in 2003, Gregg has been around the league a time or two. After having surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow last year, he’s hoping he can latch on with the Reds who have a need in their bullpen for veteran experience.
Should Gregg make the Redlegs roster out of Spring Training, he will have a one-year deal that will pay him $1.5 million.