Mike Redmond is retiring

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Longtime backup catcher Mike Redmond retired today. He said “I fulfilled every
goal I had as a player.” For his career he ends up with a line of .287/.342/.358. He’ll almost certainly move on to coaching and may very well be a manager one day.

And if it was most every other backup catcher in baseball history, I wouldn’t have bothered to post anything. But Redmond has always stuck out to me. Why? Because he somehow hit .438/.471/.604 against Tom Glavine in his career, and I never understood how a dude like that can own a guy like Glavine so thoroughly.

As it was happening I hated it, because for a while there a series against the Marlins meant seeing Redmond beat up one of my favorite players. But with a little distance, I appreciate it as one of those wonderful things about the game.

Blue Jays sign Michael Saunders

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The Blue Jays have signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement.

Saunders, of course, played for the Blue Jays in 2015 and 2016, putting up a line of .250/.336/.461 in 594 plate appearances. It was his good play in the first half of 2016, in fact, which earned him an All-Star spot and, presumably, made the Phillies think he was worth the $9 million deal they gave him over the offseason. That didn’t work out, as he hit .205/.257/.360 over 61 games and was released last week.

The Phillies will pay the rest of that $9 million. The Jays will see if he has anything in the tank to help them out.

Giants closer Mark Melancon is heading to the disabled list once again

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The Giants have placed closer Mark Melancon on the 10-day disabled list with a right pronator strain.

This is the same injury that sent him to the disabled list last month. He came back from that quickly, but it can’t be great that this is happening again. You have to assume he’ll miss more time given the recurrence of trouble. He’s going to get an MRI too. Sam Dyson is expected to serve as the Giants’ closer while Melancon is sidelined.

Melancon has a 4.35 ERA and 11 saves in 22 appearances this year. He signed a four-year, $62 million deal with San Francisco last December.