PITTSBURGH -- Eager to get a starting pitcher who can get
them deep into games, the Kansas City Royals swung a trade
Wednesday for Mark Redman -- the second left-handed starter dealt by
the Pittsburgh Pirates in as many days.
The Pirates, looking to trim some payroll after picking up first
baseman Sean Casey and his $8.5 million salary from the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday, get pitcher Jonah Bayliss and a player to be
named from the Royals.
Bayliss, a 25-year-old right-hander, is expected to fill one of
the right-handed relievers' jobs left open in the Pirates bullpen
after they chose to not bring back relievers Jose Mesa, Brian Meadows and Rick White from a 95-loss team.
Bayliss made 11 relief appearances with the Royals as a rookie
this year, going 0-0 with a 4.63 ERA. He pitched recently in the
Arizona Fall League and had a 3-0 record and 4.98 ERA in 11
appearances with the Surprise Scorpions.
The Royals will be the sixth team in six seasons for the
31-year-old Redman, who is coming off the worst season of a career
that began with the Minnesota Twins in 1999. He was 5-15 with a
4.90 ERA in 30 starts for Pittsburgh during an uneven season.
Redman, given the second worst run support of any NL starter,
was 4-4 with a 2.80 ERA after 14 starts but finished the season
1-11 with a 7.20 ERA in his final 16 starts.
Before the winter meetings in Dallas, manager Buddy Bell said
the Royals were determined to add a quality starter who could pitch
a number of innings and take some strain off an overworked bullpen.
Pittsburgh sought to deal Redman before the trading deadline but
could find no takers, partly because of his $4.5 million player
option for 2006. By shedding Redman's salary, the Pirates have the
flexibility to make more moves after adding Casey, who is expected
to be the team's highest-paid player next season even if the Reds
pick up as much as $2 million of his salary.
Pittsburgh general manager Dave Littlefield has dealt two-fifths
of his rotation in two days by trading left-hander Dave Williams
(10-11) to the Reds and Redman.
However, the Pirates are overloaded with left-handed starters in
2005 rookies Zach Duke and Paul Maholm, 2005 opening day starter
Oliver Perez and Sean Burnett, who had a promising start to his
career in 2004 before sitting out last season after having shoulder
"We're an organization that has some depth, and there's
obviously some other things that we have to try to get done to the
club," manager Jim Tracy said.
The Pirates plan to bump their payroll from the low $30 million
range to the upper $40 million range next season, and that could
allow them to another two more veteran players to improve a
deficient offense. They are believed to be interested in free agent
third baseman Bill Mueller and also might try to trade for
Washington outfielder Brad Wilkerson.
"We're not a finished product yet by any stretch of the
imagination," Tracy said.
The Pirates acquired Redman last winter in the deal that sent
catcher Jason Kendall and much of the remaining $40 million-plus of
his contract to Oakland.
Redman has pitched in the majors with the Twins, Tigers,
Marlins, Athletics and Pirates, going 53-66 with a 4.47 ERA in 169
games, including 157 starts. He was 14-9 with a 3.59 ERA for the
World Series champion Marlins in 2003.
With some money to spend for a change, the Royals have sought
pitching help. They pursued free-agent starter Paul Byrd before he
signed a $14.25 million, two-year contract with Cleveland on Monday
and are thought to be interested in New York Mets right-hander Kris Benson, another former Pirates pitcher.