Smart move, if it comes to pass.
Once you've carefully read the headline and realised after the initial shock, that thank christ, Redding isn't meant to be the answer to the stall in the negotiations to sign Derek Lowe.
And of course, once you've gotten past the initial nausea of thinking jesus, the bottom-dwelling Nats didn't even tender this guy a contract even though he led the team in wins so what's wrong with him?
Well, if you read this you'll find that as a rotation star, he was rubbish, however as a fifth starter...
"The more you look at it, the more last year's Tim Redding seems like the "real Tim Redding" durably giving you a bunch of innings barely worth that of a 5th starter. Of course there is value in just having innings eaten up. The Nats bullpen has annually been killed by the fact the team hasn't had a true deep into games pitcher since Livan left. But I'm willing to bet they can find the same type of mediocre innings from someone else on the market, someone we fans can fool outselves into thinking might become something better."
You could also point out that he slumped badly after the All-Star break, going 3-8 with a 6.92 ERA. Of course, pitching for the Nats in the 2nd half of a pointless and miserable season, its quite understandable he might have lost a little motivation towards the end of the season, who wouldn't?
On the bright side, he was 3-1 with a 3.41 ERA against the Phillies last season and that alone is worth a few golf claps of appreciation.
Look, Jon Niese, for all his potential, is still an unknown entity.
And yeah, his signing might put a little damper on Pedro's desire to win a World Series with the Mets but as much as the heart might want to see Pedro redeem his forgettable 2008 season with a Mets comeback in 2009, is it realistic?
Is not a bad move. Signing a 5th starter is not exactly stop-the-presses sort of news but when your 5th starter is another team's former ace, even if that former team is only the Nats, well done, I say.
Now as for Derek Lowe and his scumbag agent preening for more than the 3 year, $36 million contract the Mets offered, well, I hope a deal can still be done, but if the Braves are dumb enough to give him a 4-year contract out of desperation, let them. Big game pitcher or not, Lowe is not going to last out a 4 year contract.
Raise the ante if you have to but truth be told, the Braves are notoriously conservative financially and they don't have the stomach for a bidding war. I still think the Mets will get their man.
Whatever happens, I am still engaging in daily prayers that Oliver Perez does not return as a Met. Hopefully, you'll join me.
As Oscar Wilde once said, "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go”
Just so. Stay gone, Ollie, stay gone.