The Mets signed their second highest paid starter today for 2.25 million dollars – Tim Redding. To me, this is a good and safe one-year deal. In many ways, this reminds me of another 30 year old starter that the Mets took a chance on that was not a big strike out guy, gave up hits, some homeruns, but kept his team in the game. This guy later went on to put it all together and be one of the better, if not the best, Met starters – Rick Reed.
While I admit, he is no Lowe (who I still think that the Mets will get – all it will take is a Bon Jovi recorded presentation and $1 more than the Braves), Redding is a good move for the following reasons:
- The current sure starters are Santana, Pelfrey, and Maine – that’s it. In actuality, the Mets need two starters. Redding was essentially the “Ace” of the last-place, no run scoring Nationals, but he did win 10 games. That’s the same number as Maine and just three less than Pelfrey. Who knows what will happen with a team that scores runs and plays defense.
- The Mets are really not sure what they have in Pelfrey and Maine. Pelfrey had a very solid season, but he has yet to truly prove himself, while Maine is coming off an injury.
- The deal is only for one-year and almost nothing (don’t tell the rest of America) financially. In many ways, this reminds me of “chances” that successfully run teams, like the Cardinals and Braves, take.
- This almost guarantees that fans won’t see the likes of Lima, Vargas, Sosa, Park, etc.
- If you really want to bitch, at least the Mets are not doing something like this
Posted by Gene Anthony
Counter Point – (Nik Kolidas)
When i first heard about Tim Redding becoming the Mets second highest paid starter (ignoring the disturbing fact that a major market team has only one starter being paid over 3 million dollars) I was upset. After looking at his career stats which include an appearance with the hated Yankees I was even more disappointed. He’s had two decent years (far apart from each other) and does not “eat innings”. In fact, he’s only cracked 100 innings 3 times in 8 seasons and one time it was exactly 100. I can think of many pitchers the Mets should be considering for the five spot and Redding is down there with Randy Wolf, who while being awful… at least had a good run once.
Then the NY Post calmed me down a little. Perhaps Redding is the Darren Oliver of this year and just a fill in for injured starters. He seemed to want to be on the team really bad. There are a few ways this can go..
- They want John Niece at 5 and Redding will be backing him up (bad idea)
- They want Lowe & Perez and want to use the idea of Redding as leverage, while earmarking him as the long man (Excellent Plan)
- They want Lowe/ Perez at 4 & Pedro at 5 with Redding as his backup (not so terrible as we’d be three deep at 5)
- They want Redding at 5 with Niece as his catty (Great idea for the Pirates)
Seriously, I’m going to reserve judgment until pitchers and catchers… but simply put, on a major market team, Tim Redding is a mop up man/ fill in starter.
By Nik Kolidas