The Indians announced the signing of a major league contract with a Spring Training invite to veteran catcher Mike Redmond. Redmond is going to be 39 this season and in no way will be expected to be the starting Catcher. He is a career back up who has put up pretty good numbers for a back up catcher. He has a career .289 average with 13 career home runs.
He has split his career between Florida and Minnesota, never having played more then 89 games in a year. He will, if he makes the club, be a good backup to whichever young Catcher the team goes with, and provide a solid defensive option. He can handle a pitching staff fairly well, but do not expect a ton of athleticism or power from the veteran. He is added to a very short list of Tribe free agent pickups, all of whom are given the opportunity to make the club in Spring Training. Redmond is actually the first guaranteed contract according to Anthony Castrovince, who reported on his blog CastroTurf that he is the first Free Agent the Tribe has signed this off season to a major league deal.