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Royals acquire Redman from Pirates

Veteran left-handed starter will add experience to rotation

By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com

 

DALLAS -- Left-hander Mark Redman's latest stop is in Kansas City.

 

Redman, a well-traveled starter, was added to the Royals' rotation picture on Wednesday. He was acquired from the Pirates in exchange for reliever Jonah Bayliss and a player to be named.

 

The Royals will be Redman's sixth team in the last six years. He's pitched for the Twins, Tigers, Marlins, Athletics and Pirates in that span.

 

A 6-foot-5, 245-pounder, Redman went 5-15 with a 4.90 ERA in 30 starts for the Pirates last season. His career mark is 53-66 since breaking in with the Twins in 1999.

 

"He can suck up a lot of innings," said Royals manager Buddy Bell. "I want a guy who can throw some good consistent innings."

 

In the last four seasons, Redman has worked between 178 and 203 innings. Zack Greinke led the Royals with 183 innings last season.

 

"He's a typical left-hander -- a command guy, hard and soft, with a good changeup," Bell said.

 

For the Pirates, Redman notched 101 strikeouts and gave up 56 walks.

 

Bayliss, a right-hander, appeared in 11 games last season for the Royals with no record and a 4.53 ERA. For Double-A Wichita, he was 1-2 with eight saves and a 2.84 ERA in 30 relief outings.

 

Redman, 31, fills a rotation gap left when D.J. Carrasco decided to play in Japan next year. He'll join Runelvys Hernandez, Greinke, J.P. Howell and Mike Wood as top candidates for starting spots.

 

Redman had a 4-4 record through last June 10, then went 1-11 the rest of the season. He pitched his last game on Sept. 12 when he suffered a fractured left index finger while bunting against the Cardinals.

 

His best season was 2003 when he was 14-9 and had a 3.59 ERA for the Marlins.

 

Redman, born in San Diego but now a resident of Catoosa, Okla., was a first-round draft choice by the Twins in 1995.

 

Something for nothing.

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You know it is bad when the Royals have added two above average to average starters in Redman and Benson in the last two days while the Fish keep dismantaling....

 

The Royals have had 80 wins or more just once in 12 years, its about time they did something.

 

ya i'd love to see that team actually win again for a change. would be great for the Kansas City residents.

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