Badenhop, Gregg added to bullpen
Reliever Burke Badenhop was signed Saturday by the Reds to a one-year, $1 million contract with a $4 million mutual option for 2016. If either side declines the option, it can be bought out for $1.5 million. He can also earn $250,000 in performance bonuses.
Also, veteran right-gander Kevin Gregg agreed to a Minor League deal with an invite to big league camp.
A groundball specialist that turns 32 on Sunday, Badenhop posted a 2.29 ERA in 70 games last season for the Red Sox. Over 70 2/3 innings, he had a 61 percent groundball rate with 70 hits, 19 walks (five intentional), 40 strikeouts and one home run allowed.
One of better arms remaining on the free agent market, Badenhop has a lifetime 3.71 ERA in seven seasons in the big leagues with the Marlins, Rays, Brewers and Red Sox.
“He’s able to pitch a lot,” Jocketty said. “He has very good numbers. He is a groundball pitcher that throws a lot of sinkers and sliders. He’s a very good fit for our ballpark.”
A specific role for Badenhop was not identified.
“We can use him a lot of different ways,” Jocketty said. “I think he can do anything. We will see how he fits. He is very versatile.”
Gregg, 36, pitched in 12 games with the Marlins last season after signing in June. He struggled, though, allowing 10 earned runs in nine innings. Gregg was better in 2013, when he saved 33 games and posted a 3.48 ERA in 62 appearances with the Cubs.
In a corresponding roster move, left-handed pitcher Ismael Guillon was designated for assignment.