We have some breaking news from the Brewers this afternoon.
The #Brewers have acquired left-handed pitcher Luis Ortega from Boston in exchange for right-handed reliever Burke Badenhop.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) November 22, 2013
Burke Badenhop's name had been coming up as a non-tender candidate lately, so the trade isn't a big surprise. While his numbers in 2013 weren't bad (3.47 ERA, 3.53 FIP, 42:12 K/BB), he wasn't being used in many high-pressure situations. In his 63 appearances, only 19 were in situations considered "high pressure" (according to average leverage index on Baseball Reference), and pitched with the lead only 15 times. By trading him, the Brewers are able to get something for him instead of just non-tendering him later in the offseason.
In return in the trade, the Brewers got 20 year old minor league pitcher Luis Ortega from Boston. He was in his second season in the Boston system, pitching in 12 games for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox. He mainly pitched in long relief, putting up a 2.45 ERA and 3.80 FIP in 36 2/3 innings, along with a 26:15 K/BB ratio.