Tribe signs Redmond to be backup backstop

By Anthony Castrovince/MLB.com
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redmond.jpgThe Indians have signed 38-year-old Mike Redmond to a one-year contract to be their backup catcher. It is their first Major League free agent signing this offseason, and it brings their 40-man roster total to 39.

Redmond is a veteran of 12 Major League seasons with the Marlins and Twins. He debuted with the Marlins in 1998 and has compiled a career average of .289 with 113 doubles, 13 homers and 238 RBIs in 741 games. He was a member of the Marlins’ 2003 World Series championship club, and he was a part of the Twins’ 2006 and ’09 AL Central Division crowns.

The Tribe is well-acquainted with Redmond, as he spent the last five years with the Twins, serving as a backup to Joe Mauer and hitting a combined .297 in 257 games with them. Last year, he batted .237 (32-for-135) in 45 games.

Redmond will serve as the backup to Lou Marson, and he adds some needed experience to a young ballclub.

And Redmond should also help liven up the clubhouse in what figures to be an uphill battle this season. This is, after all, the same guy who takes batting practice in the buff when he’s trying to get out of hitting slumps.

UPDATE: Redmond gets an $850,000 guarantee and $10,000 each for 40, 45, 50, 60 and 70 games started.

UPDATE No. 2: The official company line for the Tribe is that Marson and Wyatt Toregas will compete for the regular catching spot, with Redmond serving as the backup. I think it’s safe to say Marson is the odds-on favorite for the job. Carlos Santana, as we’ve said before, starts the season in Triple-A. 

19 Comments

Okay.
Not much else to say, really. Obviously, this is a blow to Toregas (assuming he doesn’t step up and beat out Marson), but in the end this doesn’t seem to mean much for the future of the team, aside from, perhaps, giving Santana a little extra time in AAA if he needs it.
As interesting as the Tribe should be this year, I’m pretty excited to see how the Clippers do.

Speaking of which, anyone want to do something really pointless and take a stab at the starting Clippers line-up? I’m going to go with Lombard, Brantley (yep, in CF for Columbus), Brown, Hodges, Romero, Donald, LaPorta (you heard me), Toregas (just at the beginning).
Rotation: Huff, Carrasco, Rondon, Pino, and Gomez.
This is why I shouldn’t take painkillers late at night.

Looking at the difference in the quality of baseball, I’m really glad I live in Columbus instead of Cleveland for this season. Ok, I’m glad I live in Columbus instead of Cleveland for a lot of reasons but, this season more exciting baseball can be added to the list.

Obsessing about the Columbus Clippers roster at 12:16AM on a Friday night could be a sign of incipient mental illness, you may want to get that checked out … and who the heck is Lombard? And where will Santana be? Unless something else is wrong he should be ready to start the year, just his slugging % will drop 100 points. (that hamate bone injury makes me nervous, if you google it you read that David Ortiz and some other players had that injury, but articles also come up from a few years ago where such and such prospect for such and such team had it, and they say the prospect should be fully recovered after a year, but I’ve never head of such and such prospect which must mean they never amounted to anything. So, is a hamate bone injury actually a kiss of death, unless you use steroids? And yes, googling hamate bone injury could also be a sign of incipient mental illness) Laporta will be in Cleveland. Josh Rodriguez should be in there somewhere, Romero’s more of a backup. The rest of that sounds pretty accurate but they have to fit Tomlin in the rotation somewhere, unless he goes to the bullpen. I myself could care less what the Clippers do. The Indians are where it’s at. They’re going to easily win the division … Actually I’m just trying to get a head start on convincing myself it will be worth it to spend the $19.95 or whatever it will be this year to purchase an MLB.TV subscription for April, it’s possible the Indians will totally suck

I have no idea who Lombard is, I just liked his line from Columbus from last year. The mind wanders.
My steadfast refusal to place anyone who’s been injured in any way on any roster we WANT them to be on stems from the reality of the Indians’ organization — how often do any of our hurt players come back like we want, when we want? So I prefer to look on the dark side.
I’ll fork over the $20 for MLB.tv again this year, but it helps that you can stream it through the Roku player now, which means I can watch the games on my TV instead of just on my computer (which is at least convenient for slacking off at work, since the games start at 4:00 for me).

Alas, Lombard was released, and is like 34 years old … I’ll probably pay for April as long as Austin Kearns is not in the opening day lineup, if he is, screw it, I’ll wait a few weeks to see how they do. I just connect my computer to TV using an HDMI cable, no need for Roku …. I think the 5pm start time I get here in Montana is perfect for baseball watching, there’s nothing on TV for at least 2 hours that the girlfriend would want to watch

So the going rate for 39 year olds who had a 588 OPS last year is a guaranteed contract of $850,000?

With Alomar as a coach was it really necessary to have vet backup? Isn’t Toregas good enough to be the backup? It isn’t like he will be getting much time in AAA with Santana there.

Alomar won’t be catching any of the young pitchers in actual games, though. Given the youth of our potential rotation (particularly over the course of the year), I don’t think there’s anything wrong with giving them a veteran guy to throw to periodically, and it’s not like his salary is so great that it’s preventing us from signing someone else.
Besides, Toregas wasn’t going to add much to the major league roster, either, so him not getting time in AAA is more a productive of the system he’s in than anything else.

duane, I love your eternal pessimism. I mean that seriously, not sarcasticly. It’s refreshing.

This site is full of us that always believe the glass is half full. In my time here I do not think that I have seen you respond with one move that the Indians have made that you agree with whole heartedly (other than your inexplicable obsession with Jason Donald, please don’t give me his OPS again).

With that in mind I ask you, what would YOUR 25-man roster be for opening day given our current 40-man roster and camp invitees? Please include your rotation and bullpen as well. For arguments sake lets say that LaPorta is healthy and starts the year with the ML ballclub.

I was a die hard fan of the Indians for years. I went to the last game of the year for 15 years straight in the 70s and 80s because anybody could be excited and go to opening day. But you had to really be a die hard fan to go to the last game.

Then I moved on to season tickets.

I had great hope for Shapiro with his talk of pitching and defense and counting on prospects. But sadly he veered from the plan with his over the hill vet signings and his far too slow progression of prospects through the system. His love affair for a manager that gave too many AB to washed up vets over promising prospects.

After having to watch bad baseball with washed up vets and prospects that regressed instead of progressing. After being unable to give away tickets to Indians games I have lost all faith in this current team.

I desperately want to see a WS winner in my lietime. But I highly doubt it will be with this FO and ownership.

As far as moves that I like.

1) Moving Peralta off of SS and Cabrera to SS. But it took too long and shouldn’t have been done in the middle of the season.

2) Trading soon to be free agents. Much better to get prospects than draft choices.

3) Giving Grady a long term deal. Getting CC to sign that last contract here.

4) Trading washed up vets for very good prospects (Cabrera, Choo, Gutz, Crisp, etc) Shapiro was excellent at this.

5) Developing 2 Cy Young winners.

This list is far shorter than the list of mistakes. Things I had called mistakes when they happened. Not in hindsight.

That is the problem. Too many mistakes compared to good decisions. That is why I have gone from being an 35 year optimist to a pessimist when it comes to the Indians. I just call’em like I see’em.

But I still will hope for that WS winner.

duane, good stuff man. Obviously I am younger than you (29 y.o.) so I cannot feel the pain of the 70s and 80s. The first year in which I have true memories of watching baseball with my dad was 1986. The year in which I have actual memories of being at Indians games started in 1988. There is an unfortunate generation of fans that have missed quality baseball from the Indians for the majority of their lives. The young bucks (perhaps myself included) were spoiled by the mid-90s and have a skewed point of view but it’s doesn’t make them wrong or lacking loyalty. All I know is this: I swore and curse the Atlanta Braves in 1995. I cried like a little baby in 1997. My goal is the same as yours, I need a WS winner in my lifetime.

As for your analysis on Shapiro I hate to beat a dead horse but IMO his biggest flaw during his GM tenure is the lack of quality drafting and progression of prospects, as you stated. It’s a glaring weakness and in a small market no one can win without a solid, player development and scouting department. The Indians have failed miserably. The reason some of the prospects we’ve drafted have fizzled out or produced elsewhere is b/c we only draft collegiate players. If it takes them any amount of time to get acclimated to professional baseball then they are in their mid 20s and are no longer “prospects”. Conversely, if you draft a high school player then the cost of signing them might be greater but their projection date to the ML level should be at a younger age. Shapiro’s close-to-the-vest mannerisms on certain issues really bothers me given his need to be creative in a small market.

Yeah, being younger (34), I think I’ve yet to reach the point where I’m quite as jaded. I mean, yes, I’m jaded — you can’t support every Cleveland sports team and not be — but I generally just accept what it is and enjoy the few moments we get, not that that stops me from being miserable from time to time. I mean, thank god for 40’s of Lazer or ’97 might have killed me.
My dad actually went to the second game of the ’54 series, so imagine that kind of suffering with this team. Granted, he passed that curse on to me, just as I’ll pass it on to my kids, which is somewhat ironic given that my father in law is a Giants fan.
I enjoyed the ride that was the last rebuilding, so I’m willing to go through it again, even if it did give me an ulcer (and I drink a lot).

Being only 24, I don’t have the decades of misery to carry with me. In fact, I’m almost the generation of Indians fan, that has seen considerable success in my lifetime. This is something I’ve thought about a lot, actually. I can’t honestly recall as far back as the ’80s, and would say that my earliest memories of “following the Indians” was collecting baseball cards, specifically Sandy Alomar, Jr., around 1990. I don’t think I started legitimately following box scores in the newspaper and on T.V. until about 1992. I know that the hurt that comes with decades of poor seasons, a sudden burst of greatness in the mid-’90s, and all the heartache that came from having the 1997 season fall apart in front of us in game seven, must be hard for someone who has been following for so long. But, let me tell you, for a ten year old kid, the hurt was just as real to me. For me, the greatness is just a distant childhood memory. Yet, a childhood memory that isn’t a positive one. While my generation doesn’t have the decades of hurt to go along with it, we have only the memories of hopes being dashed. We weren’t just admiring from afar, we were left at the alter. Christ….where is that bottle of bourbon.

Conversely, if you draft 1z0-533 a high school player then the cost of signing them might be greater but their projection date to the ML level should be at a younger age. Shapiro’s close-to-the-vest mannerisms on certain issues really 642-426 bothers me given his need to be creative in a small market.

strange there is so little specifics of this on the net

I can’t honestly recall as far back as the ’80s, and would say that my earliest memories of “following the Indians” was collecting baseball cards, specifically Sandy Alomar, Jr., around 1990. I don’t think I started legitimately following box scores in the newspaper and on T.V. until about 1992.
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