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.

Unfortunately, he was caught in a numbers crunch. Yet, I’m willing to bet Redman will take the situation he’s in now compared to where he was to start last season — in independent ball with no affiliated teams interested in him. And it’s safe to assume he’ll be one of the first outfielders called up from the minors if one of the Orioles’ regulars underperforms or gets injured. With Adam Jones (a rookie with little major league experience), Luke Scott (a streaky hitter) and Jay Payton (a definite injury risk) on the big club, it’s probably not a matter of if, more like when.

My apologies for not getting this info to you sooner. I’m in Boston this weekend enjoying the company of some family.

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3 Responses

  1. In a somewhat surprising move, the Orioles finalized their roster today by releasing outfielder Jay Gibbons. The team will be responsible for $11.9 million left on Gibbons’ deal. Read more about it in this Baltimore Sun story.

    Scott Moore got the final roster spot for the O’s over Tike Redman and the move makes sense. Moore had a better spring, plays multiple positions and fits in better with the Orioles’ plan to play younger players this year.

    Unfortunately, Redman’s age worked against him in this situation.

  2. Redman should be the first outfielder to get recalled, at least. You could kind of see the writing on the wall for him to get caught up in the numbers crunch when the O’s got Adam Jones and Luke Scott in the offseason.

    Maybe if the Orioles would release that waste of money seven-homer-hittin’ Jay Payton, too, Redman could see some playing time.

  3. You could certainly make the case that Payton is just as useless as Gibbons. But here’s a few reasons Baltimore should hold on to him:

    1) He’s in the last year of his contract and is only costing $5 million this year. 2) Luke Scott and Tike Redman can’t hit left-handed pitching. 3) Payton hit .306 this spring. 4) (And most important) He’s in a contract year and he’s ticked off he didn’t get the chance to win the left field job outright, according to this Baltimore Sun story.

    Payton probably has one more contract coming in his career and his play this season will do a lot to determine what happens for him next offseason. I’m not saying that he’s more deserving of an opportunity than Tike Redman, but I can see the O’s willingness to play him at least part time this year.

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