Re: Reds sign Todd Redmond to Major League Contract
The fact of the matter is that teams needs "replacement level" talent in the minor leagues.
If you don't keep guys like Redmond in the fold, the call ups start becoming sub replacement level types. That distinction does mean something, as when the injury bug hits, it makes sense to have as much talent in AAA as possible (look at the stuff the Jays had to call up last year after their injuries). Considering the Reds don't have a lot of high end prospects in the upper minors, our AAA depth is going to consist of non-prospect type guys, and I would characterize Redmond as being a pretty good version of that. It's a necessary type of signing, especially when one game here or there can be the difference between a playoff appearance. You dont want to lose that because you had to bring up Jeff Austin, Jimmy Anderson, or Josias Manzanillo.