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Red Sox Call Royals About Mark Redman

A source tells me that the Red Sox have placed a call with Kansas City to assess their demands for 32 year-old All-Star southpaw Mark Redman.  I say All-Star with tongue firmly planted in cheek.

In 15 starts this year, Redman has a 5.38 ERA and 1.46 WHIP.  Redman's walks have been up this season, and it's hard to survive when striking out 3.3 batters per nine.  He missed a start with forearm tightness in late May, and missed the first two weeks of April because of knee surgery.

Redman chose to exercise his $4.5MM player option last November with the Pirates, leading to a trade to the Royals the next month.  Another possible contributor is rumored trouble in the clubhouse.

To his credit, Redman did manage a decent June with five wins and a 3.74 ERA.  He's tied with Scott Elarton for the team lead in quality starts, with six in fifteen tries.  That's a backhanded compliment, as even Jeff Weaver has had seven quality starts.  Scuffy Moehler, too.  I'm not sure what the Red Sox or any other suitor would have to give up for Redman, but it won't be much.   

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"In 15 starts this year, Redman has a 5.38 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. Redman's walks have been up this season, and it's hard to survive when striking out 3.3 batters per nine."

With some what high walk rate and a very low strike out rate he makes no sence for the Red Sox or any other AL team for that matter to go aquire they have already a few guys like him this year and it didnt work. They have a total ofr one pitcher on the team i can count on (Curt Scilling) everyone else has been shaky or on the DL and with lester being a rookie you cant count on him to be as good as he has been thus far.

With Wakefield possibly about to hit the DL and pitching becoming an expensive market. Redman is sadly one of the better options if you want a cheap pick up. Sox can afford Redman plus can probably get him for a mid level overrated prospect.

OK say the Sox get Redman do you see a starting staff of Schilling(ace),Lester(a rookie),Beckett(is either horrible or awesome),Redman(not so good),Kyle Snyder(the Royal released him) carrying the sox to the playoffs? no way?

The Red Sox need to go out a get a "real" pitcher, a Jason Schmidt because even the guys on the dl your not even sure what they will give you......if Wells's knee is ok he will be great like he was against tampa before being hit on the knee,Clement is nothing you can coun t on and Wake is probaly out for atleast half a month (or atleast three starts if there is Dl time)

Sure, but most contenders need pitching. There's only so much to go around. If you are going to pry Schmidt away from a playoff contender you better have some amazing prospects to offer.

I would give up Hansen and Pedroia for Schimdt

Just look at how desperate the sox are for a dependable starter by looking at there weekend series in Seattle will probably feature the following pitching probables.

Snyder vs. Moyer

(Pauley or Johnson?) vs. Felix Hernandez

Lester vs. Washburn

And Johnson gave up 6 runs in 5innings in a triple A start which I think was last night

The Sox can have Lieber and Gordon, then move Papelbon back into the rotation. We'll take Ellsbury and Hansen then call it a day ;)

Gosh, if you were the red sox at this point who helps at out more Wily Mo Pena or Bronso Arroyo?

Well Dave it didnt look like a horrible trade for the Red Sox until the injuries started to happen i mean it looked like a good trade when he was filling in for Crisp, but it doesnt look so good.

".....then move Papelbon back into the rotation"


I dont know about that it would take weeks for Paplebon to be able to pitch 6 or 7 innings

For that matter, who wants Papelbon in the rotation? I realize he has stuff that could make him a starter. But a great closer is hard to come by as well. The RedSox finally have someone they can depend on in the hot seat. I wouldn't give that up so easy.

Papelbon is cemented in his role... for this season, there's no debate on that.

As for the Wily Mo trade, yeah, Theo jumped the gun but I'm betting that was a trade in case Manny flaked out... again.

Schmidt is staying put unless Sabean decides to give up on the season, which the Giants are still strongly in contention. As for giving up Hansen, no. Hansen's k/9 suggests you hold onto him. Plus Boston's bullpen only showed signs of strength when Hansen and Delcarmen took over in the middle innings. So if the Sox go after Schmidt or someone else top of the line it'll probably be Pedroia and hoping some GM still thinks Alvarez is a top prospect... and probably still then some...

Alvarez is not a top prospect and never was. If you wont give up Hansen and Pedroia the its going to have to be Ellsbury and maybe even an EMart to get Schmidt.

No we all have heard the rumor that Theo is doing something big and it will most likely be a starter if not Schmidt then who?
I dont think Willis or Zito are available so i am assuming if this rumor that theo is doing something big i think it will be Schmidt.

"As for the Wily Mo trade, yeah, Theo jumped the gun but I'm betting that was a trade in case Manny flaked out... again."
I dont think the Manny thing was the reason I think he was nervous about Nixon's health more then Manny

""For that matter, who wants Papelbon in the rotation? I realize he has stuff that could make him a starter. But a great closer is hard to come by as well. The RedSox finally have someone they can depend on in the hot seat. I wouldn't give that up so easy.""

I know Theo would disagree with that notion. Starters are much more valuable than closers.

Yes, starters are more valuable, and the RedSox need a starter. But there's a certain psychological advantage to having a great closer. During the 90's-early 2000's when the Yankees were truly a championship team, you knew that if they were leading in the 9th, it was over. Opposing teams knew that too, and in the late innings, they would fret. Rivera was (and still is) that intimidating.

Papelbon has put up Eckersley-esque numbers after he was thrown into the closer role, and after what he's done, I just can't see them rolling the dice on whether Keith Foulke can keep it together.

200 innings of 3.5 ERA ball is more valuable than 80 innings of 1.0 ERA ball. Thats just a fact. If Mariano Rivera had more than one pitch he would be starting. The red sox are going to have to wait it out and try retreads like the Yankees are doing. Schmidt would cost Hansen, Ellsbury and probably another young prospect. I dont see him getting traded anyway.

Now with that Rumor that theo is doing something "big" for a pitcher if not Schmidt then who?

I actually saw Theo walkling out of Fenway tonight with a bag of balls so this Redman rumor may have some truth to it. Anything more than that for Redman and Theo will need a drug test.

I think Theo is going to grab someone nobody have a clue. Maybe someone from the Indians. A Westbrook or Lee maybe.

He'd have to truly knock Shapiro's socks off for that. Doubt it.

ok everyone needs to stop jumping off the tobin bridge. sure wake is gone for a month, but if you saw the way redman pitched today he is a very capable replacement. and when wake gets back off the dl we will have redman, wake, and wells, and which ever of the 3 cant cut it will go to the bullpen. and the guy who doesnt trust lester, the kid has been building confidence with each start and remember this guy has a higher upside than paplebon. the sox are fine, they are in first place. the yankees are not going to win the division this year, they have even more pitchin problems than we do. we are in good shape. we won the world series 2 yrs ago after not winning for 86 yrs. just relax and enjoy the season

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