Tim Redding Offered Contract By Mets

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Several media reports today state that the New York Mets have offered free agent pitcher Tim Redding a contract. Redding was 10-11 with a 4.95 ERA for the Washington Nationals last season. Redding is a 30 year old right-hander who was non-tendered by the Nationals after last season.

I have to believe that Omar Minaya offered him a one year deal, the thought being that he could compete for the fifth spot in the rotation. Hopefully, he’ll accept a minor league contract. If he doesn’t make the majors he could keep working in Buffalo at Triple-A and come up if a spot start is needed. This is another guy that I’d have to think would have more value to another team. He could certainly take a spot in the rotation of a smaller market team.

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On Deck: Wednesday May 14, 2008 Mets-Nats

Washington Nationals (16-24) at New York Mets (20-17)  7:10pm

Tim Redding (4-3) vs. Claudio Vargas (0-0)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: Vargas makes his first start for the Mets after getting cut by the Brewers in spring training. His numbers weren’t very good last season in Milwaukee, so I’m leary about what kind of performance we’ll see tonight. It couldn’t be much worse than Nelson Figueroa’s last few starts though. I hope…

On Deck: Wednesday April 23, 2008

New York Mets (10-9) at Washington Nationals (6-15) 7:10pm

Johan Santana (2-2) vs. Tim Redding (3-1)

TV: SNY     Radio: WFAN

What to watch: This is why Santana gets the big bucks, to stop the bleeding. Coming off a short series sweep in Chicago, the Mets may find that playing the Nationals is the cure. They’re just a bad team, maybe the worst in baseball. They’re certainly a team that the Mets can beat up on and get “right” before heading home to face the Braves.