Here’s a recap of the original analysis MLBTR offered this week:
- MLBTR was pleased to welcome guest author Burke Badenhop on Friday. Badenhop, who was a successful reliever with the Marlins, Rays, Brewers, Red Sox and Reds from 2008-15, detailed how September roster expansion affects bullpens.
- The non-waiver trade deadline passed on Aug. 1, and several potential movers didn’t end up going anywhere. Steve Adams highlighted 11 of those players and polled readers on whose non-trade was the most surprising.
- Jeff Todd examined the stock of Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos in advance of his potential foray into the free agent market during the upcoming offseason. Ramos has stayed healthy and performed like an elite backstop this year, so he looks primed for a substantial payday.
- As a result of the Astros designating center fielder Carlos Gomez for assignment, Steve increased his August trade candidate rankings from 20 players to 21. Given that there’s reportedly a stronger likelihood of Houston trading Gomez than releasing him, the former star immediately took the top spot on the list.
As a Reds fan for 40 + years, I don’t think I would consider Burke Badenhop a “successful” reliever for the Reds, unfortunately. Maybe he can write, because I read on Wikipedia that he authored a book. But as far as relieving goes, when I saw him coming in, he always seemed to make it more exciting than I wanted it to be.
Badenhop as a Red: 66.1 innings, 3.93 ERA, 2.71 BB/9, 46.7 percent ground-ball rate. Not bad at all. And that production is downright great compared to what the Reds’ bullpen has done this year on the whole.
He made it to the bigs and was able to play at the highest level for almost ten seasons. And he was kind enough to write a guest article for MLBTR… Say what you want, but I have nothing but praise and respect for the guy