The Rays bolstered their bullpen with a trade with the Marlins. They sent catcher Jake Jeffries and in exchange, they got Burke Bandenhop. I like Badenhop and he should do better then his numbers warrant because the Rays should give Badenhop a nice upgrade behind with their defense. He went 2-3 with a 4.10 ERA and he also threw some innings for the Marlins Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans. Badenhop is the last guy left from the megatrade in 2007 that sent Miguel Cabrera to Detroit.
Badenhop is arbitration eligible so his pay is TBD. Jeffries split time between Single-A and Double-A. He hasn’t shown a lot of power and he probably would have been no better as a backup for the Rays over the next few years.
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