Basically, the Twins just locked up their primary backup catcher through 2008, with an option for 2009. I haven't seen the money for the contract listed anywhere, and clearly that affects how much I'll like this contract.
If the Twins extended him for about $1M/year (about what he makes now), while I don't think it's the best move in the world, I think it's a somewhat defensible move. Redmond's not spectacular at the plate, and he was actually better, ratewise, at the plate last year than this year.
Recently over at SBG, someone pointed out that Redmond hasn't drawn a walk all year. It's true. I don't know what's up with that, but he's been able to keep his average up nonetheless, which is pretty impressive. I imagine that when his average dips at some point, he'll go back to trying to get more walks here and there.
Defensively, I don't really notice Redmond when he's in the game. He's not a spectacular defender, but he's pretty steady, and the pitchers seem to like him alright. He's been a good citizen, and I think that has a lot to do with this extension. Sometimes, when you're managing a group of folks, it's good to show them that if they perform, they'll get noticed and rewarded.
Under the assumption that the Twins didn't go crazy with the money in this contract, I'm not thrilled with this move, but it's alright. Backup catchers can be found, and it's easier to find a guy who can hit lefties than a guy who can hit righties, but sometimes it's just not worth sitting around splitting hairs over backup catchers and it's better to just get on with life and spend more energy dealing with more important roster matters.
Last few years of Mike Redmond:
Age Year Team AVG/ OBP/ SLG
32 2003 FLA-N .240/.302/.312
33 2004 FLA-N .256/.315/.341
34 2005 MIN-A .311/.350/.392
35 2006 MIN-A .330/.336/.400