Originally posted on The Fish Pond  |  Last updated 12/12/11
MIAMI — Burke Badenhop, the final piece of the Miguel Cabrera-Dontrelle Willis trade, has been dealt to the Rays for Minor League catcher Jake Jefferies. The 28-year-old was used mostly in long relief in his Marlins’ career, which began in 2008. Badenhop was 2-3 witha 4.10 ERA in 50 games for the Marlins last year, logging 63 2/3 innings. The right-hander is in his second season of being arbitration eligible. At the 2007 Winter Meetings, the Marlins obtained Badenhop as part of the Cabrera-Willis deal to Detroit. Also in that trade, they received Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin. Jefferies, 24, is a left-handed hitting catcher who batted .235 in 59 games with Class A Charlotte last year. He also saw action in six games for Double-A Montgomery, hitting .263 in 19 at-bats. Jefferies is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound catcher who was a third round pick in 2008 out of the University of California-Davis. – Joe Frisaro  
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