BOSTON (CBS)—Even with a World Series notch in their belt, the Boston Red Sox have continued to make moves this offseason. Friday was no exception as they acquired right-hander Burke Badenhop from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for southpaw Luis Ortega.
In acquiring Badenhop, the Red Sox have filled the final spot on their 40-man roster.
The 30-year-old Atlanta, Ga. native notched a 3.47 ERA in 62.1 innings pitched for the Brewers last season, whiffing 42 while walking 12 batters. He also boasts an impressive 2.40 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his career. He has toured Florida, playing for both the Tampa Bay Rays and Florida Marlins in his six-year career.
Ortega, 20, hails from the Dominican Republic. He spent the 2013 season with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox, going 3-3 with a 2.45 ERA in 12 games pitched.
This is a great move by the Red Sox. They have added a proven veteran to sure up an already high-functioning bullpen. Ortega still has not yet reached his full potential, so for the Brewers this trade may work out in the long run. Adding young arms is always a great way to build for the future.