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Dodgers sign Tim Redding to minor-league deal

Looks like the world is getting back to work ...

  • The Dodgers signed Tim Redding to a minor-league contract. Redding, who will be 33 in February, had a 2.89 ERA in 109 Triple-A innings last year, following a 2009 major-league campaign in which his ERA was 5.10 with 76 strikeouts in 120 innings.

  • Albert Lyu of Fangraphs has a precision look at Matt Kemp's struggles against fastballs in 2010 compared with the year before. "Kemp’s whiffs against lower-90s fastballs dramatically increased in the past year, nearly doubling that of the average hitter," Lyu writes.

  • Ronald Belisario won a Venezeulan winter league closer of the year award, notes Roberto Baly of Vin Scully Is My Homeboy.

  • Baly also passes along word of the arrival of Clayton and Ellen Kershaw in Africa.

  • Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness wonders if there is still room to add a second lefty reliever to the 2011 Dodger bullpen, especially because Hong-Chih Kuo can't be wasted as someone who only faces lefty batters.

  • Alex Belth of Bronx Banter shares a sweaty, tongue-tied New York moment, co-starring Tina Fey.

  • Farewell, Anne Francis and Pete Postlewaite.