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Sorry if I flu the coop in terms of blogging lately, and yes I do mean flu, since I've been bogged down by illness. Speaking of coop-flews, how funny is it that both Pat Burrell and John Smoltz bolt the NL East, but the Mets will see both of their new AL teams in 2009?

As for this Tim Redding signing, a couple observations.

* His career record does the likes of ex-Mets Pete Smith (47-71), Glendon Rusch (65-99), and Jay Hook (29-62) proud. I know that wins are considered a misleading stat, but would you want a pitcher on your team of whom you could say:

948 pitchers have had at least 80 decisions since the season after the end of World War II (1946). Tim Redding's .400 win percentage ranks 36th-worst.

In other words, Tim Redding ranks among the bottom 4 percent of pitchers in that time.

* Baseball-Reference.com can tell you who the most similar player is to another from a statistical perspective. At age 25, Redding's best statistical comp was Jason Isringhausen. At age 30, it's Paul Wilson.

* If our first priority was finding a pitcher who can bunt, Redding is our guy. His 13 sacrifices in 2008 ranked tied for 4th-most in the NL. Bobby Jones' Mets pitchers record of 18 sacrifices (set in 1995) is likely safe, but not 100% so (Felix Millan holds the Mets single-season sacrifice record with 24 in 1974)

* On the bright side, he's 5-3 with a 3.29 ERA against the Phillies. And he's never allowed a walk-off RBI

True Metddings know...Tim Redding's 54.00 career ERA with the Yankees is the highest for anyone who has pitched at least one inning for that franchise. On July 15, 2005, Redding made his only Yankees appearance, allowing six runs in one inning in a 17-1 loss to the Red Sox.

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