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February 8, 2013 - Right-handed minor league pitcher Todd Redmond was claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds. In a corresponding move, outfielder Trayvon Robinson was designated for assignment.Throughout his career, Todd Redmond has been a starting pitcher 200 times and a reliever 7. However, his future most likely lies as a relief pitcher. As a starter, he has a 90 mph fastball and an above average curve. His change works well enough in the minors as a show me pitch, but likely is not good enough for him to work through lefties at the Major League level. What gives some hope for his utility is that as a draft and follow in 2005, he had shown the ability to work up into the mid 90s. That velocity decreased quickly with that, perhaps, due to shortened time between starts. As a reliever, he may see his velocity return and he could be effective when placed in situations where he would face right handed batters.
Another benefit is that I am pretty sure he has an option remaining and can be moved back and forth between Baltimore and Norfolk (options were used in 2009 and 2012; an option was used in 2010, but Redmond was outrighted after 10 days which should negate the option). You may remember that I bring up shuttling quite frequently. I don't think it is necessarily a great strategy. Having players with excellent, unquestionable talent is preferable. However, if you are filling out the fringes of your roster then it can be quite useful to employ players who can be moved back and forth based on the needs of the need and the aptitude of the player. Someone with any options, like Trayvon Robinson, locks the team down into a situation where they have a marginal talent with little leverage in dealing the player due to being unable to send the player down and a reduced market of teams in need of an extra outfielder at the end of Spring Training.
Daniel Moroz brought up Trayvon Robinson earlier in the off season. Basically, Robert Andino was a pretty bad second baseman in 2012 and he was not going to be on the team in 2013. The Orioles acquiring Alexi Casilla made that intention relatively clear. The team could really only manage dealing for another player who had little value as well. Robinson can probably be best summed up as Xavier Avery with a little more power and no more options. That simply is not a very valuable player, but one that is similar in value to Robert Andino.
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