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With Hampton hurt, Braves add Redman
March 9, 2007

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Left-hander Mark Redman agreed Friday to a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves, who learned a day earlier that Mike Hampton will be sidelined for up to two months.

Redman is to start Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, an outing that had been scheduled for Hampton. If Redman is added to the 40-man roster, he would get a $750,000, one-year contract and the chance to earn $500,000 in performance bonuses based on starts.

The Braves have John Smoltz, Tim Hudson and Chuck James at the front of their rotation. With the loss of Hampton, Redman joins Kyle Davies and Lance Cormier as leading contenders to fill the last two spots. Davies is considered the favorite for the No. 4 slot.

The 33-year-old Redman was an AL All-Star last year, when he went 11-10 with a 5.71 ERA for the Kansas City Royals. An eight-year major league veteran, he is 64-76 with a 4.65 ERA in 186 starts and 12 relief appearances.

While Redman has spent most of his career in the AL, he was 14-9 with a 3.59 ERA in 2003 as the Florida Marlins won the World Series. He went 5-15 with a 4.90 ERA for Pittsburgh in 2005.

Redman began his career with the Minnesota Twins in 1995 and reached the majors in 1999. He was scheduled to report to the Braves on Friday night.

Hampton, coming off reconstructive elbow surgery that caused him to miss last season, strained his left oblique during batting practice Wednesday.
 

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I would've liked to have seen the Marlins bring back Red. With all our pitchers going down with injuries he would've been a quality guy to fill that 5th starter position. Also, 2003 showed that Dolphin Stadium was made for Red's pitching style. Not to mention he was somewhat of a mentor to Willis during his rookie season.
 
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Dang, I was so concerned about not typing Mike Redmond that I ended up typing Mike Redman... It's obvious I didn't proofread :whistle
 

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i don't know. i'll sleep on it and give a final verdict later. but it sounds like a good deal so far.
 

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