Redman was a first-round pick of the Twins out of Oklahoma (which I guess will make Joe Simpson happy, if nobody else) in 1995. Following an uninspiring minor league career, he got a cup of coffee in 1999 and was up for good in 2000. His 4.76 ERA that year doesn’t look too good, but he pitched pretty well; the run environment was obscene (5.27 LGERA according to B-R) and only one of his runs was charged unearned.
Unfortunately, he had some injuries in 2001, exacerbated by a trade to the Tigers for Todd Jones. He gave the Tigers average work through 2002, then was sent to the Marlins for prospects, one of whom turned out to be Nate Robertson. He had his best year in Florida, going 14-9 with a 3.59 ERA, which was enough to make him attractive to Billy Beane. There’s some roster shenanigans here that I don’t quite understand, where he was traded, granted free agency five days later, then re-signed the same day, but I’d bet that it’s an effort by the A’s to save a draft pick.
Anyway, he went right back to being average, which for a lefty ground-ball pitcher with Eric Chavez playing third base behind him means that he was actually below-average. Beane packaged him and Arthur Rhodes to the Pirates for what’s left of Jason Kendall. Redman was terrible for the Pirates, going 5-15 with a 4.90 ERA. The Royals, being the Royals, traded for him, and he was just as terrible (when you consider the run context) in 2006, going 11-10 with a 5.71 ERA. He made the All-Star team as the token Royal, apparently because he was the only pitcher on the team whose name Ozzie Guillen recognized.
Redman spent the last couple of months looking for work, eventually signing with the Braves due (almost certainly) to the Hampton injury. He is an extreme finesse lefty who last year put up a Horatian line of 167 IP, 76 K, 63 BB. Baseball Prospectus says that this can work if he has an airtight defense behind him; unfortunately, the Braves’ infield is now more of a colander. Two years ago, I would figure that Leo would get something out of him. McDowell will probably teach him how to make surrepitious fart noises.