The Birds drop one offseason acquisition in favor of another, swiping right-hander Redmond from the Reds.
The Baltimore Orioles have claimed right-handed starter Todd Redmond off of waivers from the Cincinnati Reds and designated outfielder Trayvon Robinson for assignment to make room on the roster, the team has announced.
A low draft pick by the Pirates in the 2004 draft, Redmond has bounced around to now four organizations in his eight years of professional ball. After four straight seasons of working away at Triple-A hitters, the 27-year-old finally made his MLB debut for the Reds in 2012, giving up four runs in just 3⅓ innings in his lone start and lone appearance with the club.
Redmond had a much better go of things in a much larger sample at the Triple-A level, posting a 3.76 ERA and 2.97 K/BB ratio in 104 starts in his four years there in the Braves and Reds' systems.
The right-hander is not likely to make much of an impact on the big-league club, but he could get a start here and there if the club runs into injury troubles like they did early last season.
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Robinson, 25, was acquired by the O's earlier this offseason from the Mariners in a swap for Robert Andino.
The switch-hitter has absolutely mashed the ball at Triple-A -- to the tune of a .278/.354/.484 line with 35 home runs in 186 games -- but has been unable to replicate that success at the big-league level thus far. In 90 games with the M's over the last two seasons, Robinson has hit just .215/.272/.330 and struck out in nearly a third of his plate appearances.
The Birds have 10 days to trade, release, or outright Robinson. It's also possible that a club may decide to claim him on waivers as well.