After Tuesday's game they optioned right-hander Burke Badenhop to Triple-A New Orleans. Even though Badenhop was arbitration-eligible last offseason and will earn $750,000 in 2011 regardless of where he pitches, he has minor league options remaining whereas Brian Sanches and Edward Mujica do not.
This is pure crap by the Marlins front office. Yeah, Sanches and Mujica probably couldn't clear waivers, at least not yet. But they could've sent Mike Dunn down, he has options, and really hasn't performed all that well this spring. Sure, he is lefty but a lefty who walks more batters than he strikes out, needs some work. And NOLA seems like a good place to work on that. But he is one Loria's boys, so he gets to hang around. (More on that later.)
Burke Badenhop was designated a Super Two, in case you don't know what a player has to do to qualify to be one, here it is.
In addition, a player can be classified as a "Super Two" and be eligible for arbitration with less than three years of service. A player with at least two but less than three years of Major League service shall be eligible for salary arbitration if he has accumulated at least 86 days of service during the immediately preceding season and he ranks in the top 17 percent in total service in the class of Players who have at least two but less than three years of Major League service...
Super Twos are very rare and you sure don't become one as a pitcher by stinking the joint up. The Hopper is a better reliever than most who are going to make the 25-man team.
And save me that it will add depth argument, it doesn't. That's like saying a veteran starter who is on his last legs with, maybe, one more year in him, and no options should start and Josh Johnson, who has options, should be sent down. Ooh, look at the depth, the team has the reining ERA champ at the ready. Yes, that is over reaching but it entails the same logic.
Some one in Triple-A is not helping the big league club. They aren't on the team. Of course, I am fully aware that over the course of the season the bullpen goes through changes. Some get hurt and some just flat out suck, so waivers aren't a problem. But it seems to me that the Marlins should field their best team possible from the start. And sending Badenhop down isn't doing that.