The Mets have a deal in principle (one year, $2.25 million) with Tim Redding. The signing will be announced pending a physical, perhaps today or tomorrow. Redding, 30, was 10-11 with a 4.95 ERA last season with Washington.
He’ll be slotted in as the fifth starter, but would move up to fourth if the Mets aren’t able to sign either Derek Lowe or Oliver Perez. He didn’t have a great record, but the Mets figure it should improve with their offense.
The signing gives the Mets depth in the rotation and allows another year of development for Jon Niese and Robert Parnell.
The Mets aren’t done as they figure to come away with either Lowe or Perez to round out their rotation.
Reliever J.J. Putz will join David Wright on Team USA during the World Baseball Classic this spring.
Also representing the Mets this spring will be: outfielder Carlos Beltran, first baseman Carlos Delgado and reliever Pedro Feliciano (Puerto Rico); closer Francisco Rodriguez and pitcher Johan Santana (Venezuela) and shortstop Jose Reyes (Dominican Republic).
Reports have John Smoltz going to the Red Sox and Atlanta replacing him with Derek Lowe. Have the Mets misplayed this? Should they have been more proactive with Lowe and given in to the big-bucks demands? Do you think they’ve blown it with Lowe and now have to settle for Oliver Perez?
If that’s the case, can’t you just see them bringing back Pedro Martinez and having the same rotation as last season?
While the Mets posture for Derek Lowe and/or Oliver Perez for their fourth starter, they have made an offer to the Washington Nationals’ Tim Redding.
GM Omar Minaya has always believed in the numbers philosophy; that a team can’t have too much pitching: “We’d like to have six, seven starters in camp.”
Redding is 30, and was 10-11 with a 4.95 ERA in 33 starts for the Nationals this past season. Around .500 is the norm for a fifth starter, and the assumption has to be it would improve with the Mets’ offense and bullpen superior to that of the Nationals.
This doesn’t mean the Mets still aren’t interested in Lowe/Perez, but it’s a sign they don’t want to get caught short.