Recently non-tendered by the Washington Nationals, Redding is now a free agent.
The man would easily be the fifth starter at best, if the Mets decided to take a chance with him. Last seasons he went 10-11 in 33 games with the Nats. 182 innings pitched and a 4.95 ERA later, Redding could be a nice fit to challenge Jon Niese in spring training.
But the real reason I think the Mets should sign him, according to his Wikipedia page, he is the nephew of Joyce Randolph, who is famous for playing Trixie Norton on The Honeymooners.
I can see it now...
- Every time he comes out to the mound, they play "Hamana-hamana-hamana-hamana." The crowd echoes it.
- If he ever pegs someone in the head, or gives him a little chin music, they would play "POW! Right in the kisser!"
- If he ever hits a home run, they play "One of these days, Alice...Bang! Zoom! Straight to the moon!"
A minor league deal, with incentives. Time to stockpile pitchers, Omar Minaya.