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White Sox sign Redding to Minor League deal

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Earlier this week I was wondering to myself why the White Sox hadn't been active in their pursuit of non-roster invitees. They're cheap because, for the most part, they're not very good. Every once in a while, however, you find an Esteban Loaiza, and these deals come out smelling like roses.

I missed the Redding signing because the announcement was buried at the bottom of an article about Timo. The last thing I want to do is read articles about Timo. So naturally, I just skimmed it.

Also this week, the Sox signed right-hander Tim Redding to a minor-league contract. Redding, 27, struggled last season with the San Diego Padres and New York Yankees, going a combined 0-6 with a 10.57 ERA in 10 appearances (seven starts). He pitched the previous four seasons with the Houston Astros, winning 10 games in 2003.

Redding will make $500,000 if he makes the major-league roster, with another $400,000-plus available in bonuses. He can request a release if he doesn't break camp with the team. He will get every opportunity in a starting role in spring training with Mark Buehrle (United States), Freddy Garcia (Venezuela) and Javier Vazquez (Puerto Rico) all pitching in the World Baseball Classic.

Thankfully, Redding has no realistic chance of making the rotation. With a strong showing in spring training, however, he could earn the last spot in the pen. Obviously this move is nothing to get excited about, but I'm happy to see the Sox are still making sure they've got a contingency plan.