The Mets signed RHP Tim Redding on Friday. This could be a bigger signing than it appears. Redding went 10-11 with a 4.95 ERA for Washington last year. To reach double digits in wins for a team like the Nationals is quite an accomplishment. But more important is that he pitched 182 innings. Having an innings eater at the middle or end of the rotation should help the bullpen stay fresh.
This signing shouldn’t mean the end of the Mets pursuit of Derek Lowe. However things have gotten more complicated on the Lowe front as the Braves have entered the market after losing John Smoltz to the Red Sox. Based on what I’ve been reading the Mets are intent of signing Lowe or Oliver Perez. I’d actually like to see them sign both but that may be cost prohibitive.
In the meantime it seems as though Pedro Martinez is interested in the Marlins but they’re not interested in him. Call me sentimental but I still like Pedro and hope to see him in a Mets uniform even if his role is diminished to that of a back end starter. Pedro symbolizes the beginning of the current Mets team. He was the first big free agent signing of the Omar Minaya era and it would be nice for the Mets to win a series with him on the team.