Burke Badenhop, one of the Marlins favorite relievers, was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday in exchange for catcher Jake Jeffries. Badenhop was used out of the bullpen for the Marlins in long relief situations, and even performed some clutch hitting for the Marlins, knocking in the game winning RBI in extra innings earlier this year against New York. Other than that, Badenhop was a solid bullpen option and could eat up innings as well as any Marlins starter.

Badenhop was acquired in a trade with the Tigers after the 2007 season. Florida sent Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to Detroit in exchange for six minor leaguers, most notably, Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, and Badenhop. Both Miller and Maybin were dealt after the 2010 season.

I have had great experiences with Badenhop, a very fan-friendly player. The picture MLBlogs used when they put me on their homepage last month was this one of me and Burke, taken in July at Nationals Park:

 I also talked with him during my 2010 trip to Jupiter for Spring Training.

In other news, 34-year-old outfielder Aaron Rowand has signed a minor league deal with the Marlins, which includes an invite to Spring Training. Rowand won a World Series in 2010 with the San Francisco Giants, and should add a positive veteran presence to Miami’s youthful outfield.

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