Anyway, Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Mets are on the verge of signing free agent pitcher Tim Redding to a one-year, $2.25 million contract today. Redding posted a 4.95 ERA last year for the Nationals, compiling a 10-11 record.
As a fifth starter on a good team, though, I like Redding for the Mets. He was pretty good in 2007, and had a solid start in 2008. For his first 20 starts, Redding went 7-3 with a 3.85 ERA in 114 2/3 innings. He fell apart in the second half, with dreadful numbers across the board.
Still, he's got the ability to hold down the final spot in a formidable rotation, and now he'll actually play for a good team. I know there are some people out there who don't like to acknowledge the human element in baseball, but playing for such a bad team can take its toll on someone.
Being in the pennant race will sometimes inject life into someone. While you can't make a terrible player a good one, Redding's shown on a few different occasions that he has the stuff to be a serviceable starter in the major leagues.
This is a good signing, as long as the Mets don't slot him any higher than fifth in their rotation.