Redman optioned to Triple-A

Despite an impressive 40-game display of his talent with the Baltimore Orioles last season, Tike Redman won’t be starting the 2008 season in the major leagues.

The Orioles’ outfielder cleared waivers on Friday and was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. He has 72 hours to accept his assignment to the minors or he’ll become a free agent. Expect him to suit up for the Tides to start the year. Redman’s assignment to the minors was reported in this Baltimore Sun blog entry.

tike-redman.jpgThe former York Revolution outfielder hit .279 in 41 at-bats this spring and was the victim of some unfortunate circumstances out of his control. The club’s addition of Luke Scott and Adam Jones, plus the uncertainty of Jay Gibbons’ status to start the season kept Redman from garnering a spot on the opening day roster.

But he’ll return to a place where he enjoyed great success last year. Redman hit .300 in 296 at-bats for Norfolk as the club’s leadoff hitter and every-day center fielder. After his promotion to the big leagues, the Alabama native hit .318 and seemed like a lock to stick with the O’s.

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Revs add a big bat; bolster bench

padgett.jpgAdam Gladstone recently chatted with Barry Bonds’ agent.

But don’t let me get your hopes up, the phone call was to discuss another one of Jeff Borris’ clients.

The Revolution announced the signing of Jose Enrique Cruz on Friday along with outfielder/first baseman Matt Padgett. Cruz, Borris’ client and a 26-year-old infielder — the brother of former Seattle Mariners’ phenom Jose Cruz Jr. and son of two-time Major League All-Star Jose Cruz — will replace Luis Cotto as the Revolution’s utility infielder this season. Cotto recently signed with the Edmonton Cracker Cats of the Northern League with a number of other former Atlantic League veterans.

Padgett (pictured) is a player capable of filling a power spot in the Revolution’s order. The South Carolina native has a .264 average with 120 home runs in 3,705 at-bats in his 10-year minor league career. He has spent parts of the last four seasons at Triple-A and was a fifth-round pick in 1998. The Clemson University grad has spent time with the Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies. His most recent stop came at Triple-A Ottawa last year. Check out his career stats here.

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Olson happy to be back; Nunez back in the picture

Let’s be honest: The York Revolution’s signing of Jason Olson on Wednesday was not the sexiest acquisition of the offseason.

Still, it was a very important one for the Revs.

jason-olson.jpgIn the Atlantic League, you definitely need a reliever with a rubber arm capable of going out there nearly every day. And that’s what Olson provided for York last season. He made 42 appearances and posted a 4.03 ERA in 67 innings. The right-hander, who is three years removed from pitching with the Los Angeles Angels in Triple-A, also said he’s hoping to make 50 appearances this season — a reasonable aspiration considering the league will go to a 140-game format this year.

“I was happy with my overall season (last year) even though I got a little tired at the end,” Olson, 29, said on Wednesday. “But I’m well-rested and I took four months off without picking up a baseball. My goal is to pitch in 50 games and hopefully I’ll be able to conquer that goal.”

Read more about Olson’s offseason and his Pennsylvania hunting fortunes here.

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Revs re-acquire Olson

One of the most competitive pitchers to take the hill for the York Revolution last season is returning.

olson.jpgReliever Jason Olson re-signed with the club on Wednesday, giving York 17 players on its 2008 roster with about three weeks to go before spring training.

Olson was a media favorite (alright, one of my favorites) last year for his candid comments after games regarding the Revolution’s clubhouse — or lack of a clubhouse — situation. He was also an underrated reliever for most of the season.

The 29-year-old went 6-5 with a 4.03 ERA in 42 appearances. He was one of the few players to make it through the entire season on the York roster. He did tail off toward the end of  2007, however. After excellent ERAs in June (0.69) and July (2.29) the Scottsdale, Ariz., native had a 5.63 ERA in August and September. Check out the rest of his stats from last season here.

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Nunez looking for a job

The York Revolution’s most powerful pitcher from a year ago is once again looking for a job.

Franklin Nunez was released by Milwaukee recently after signing with the Brewers with three weeks to go in the 2007 season. Check out the other latest minor league cuts here.

Nunez was an interesting story for the Revs last season. He was scouted by the Brewers from the moment he joined York in spring training, but Milwaukee wanted to see him stay healthy for an extended period of time before making a commitment. Nunez showed them he was legit. He solved his control issues and under the tutelage of pitching coach Tippy Martinez, the righty flamethrower was throwing his slider for strikes with regularity toward the end of the year.

nunez.jpgThe Nagua, Dominican Republic native posted a 2.76 ERA and recorded 12 saves for the Revs in 32 2/3 innings. David Keller — formerly an assistant to Adam Gladstone in BASA and now Camden’s director of baseball operations — was instrumental in getting Nunez his shot in affiliated ball. Keller certainly had a good case for him: Nunez had a 6.52 ERA in June, but his ERA was under 1.00 in both July and August. Check out the rest of Nunez’s stats with York last year here.

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Could Bonds work in York?

I’m just the latest person to tackle the Barry Bonds/Atlantic League debate.

But while many people probably hope to see Bonds far, far away from Atlantic League ballparks this summer, I think the all-time home run king could work well in York.

bonds327.jpgYes, I’m playing devil’s advocate a bit here. But what’s not to like about this possibility? The Atlantic League and the city he plays in will get a tremendous amount of press out of this story and judging from Joe Klein’s comments regarding Bonds, he’s smart enough to realize this. The league has been around 10+ years and no one outside of an Atlantic League city knows what it is — unless you’re talking about baseball fanatics. This could put the league on the map.

And let’s take a minute to recall all the bad character guys the league has welcomed in the past: John Rocker, Juan Gonzalez and Jose Offerman (although he made his negative mark once he was in the league) all come to mind. What’s the difference between these guys and Bonds? It’s just that he’s a bigger, better documented personality.

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Revs’ avoid big mistake

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When the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs acquired the rights to Frank Castillo in this year’s expansion draft, York’s move to leave Castillo unprotected was puzzling, to say the least.

But it appears leaving Castillo unprotected won’t come back to haunt the Revolution after all. Southern Maryland signed former Lancaster outfielder Eric Crozier to a contract recently, but manager Butch Hobson does not foresee the club signing any other player selected in the expansion draft. There’s more on Southern Maryland’s recent signings in this article, which was first pointed out by the New Era’s Jason Guarente.

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