The Braves had more relievers than they could use, while the Pirates didn’t have enough. So the teams eased both situations with a trade on Wednesday, as Atlanta sent Tyler Yates to Pittsburgh for righthanded pitching prospect Todd Redmond.
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Yates, 30, could become the Pirates’ primary setup man for Matt Capps after showing a mid-90s fastball and high-80s slider this spring. While he throws hard, he never has shown consistent command or control in the majors, which has led to mediocre results. Yates made a career-high 75 appearances for the Braves in 2007, but went just 2-3, 5.18 with two saves. He had a 69-31 K-BB ratio in 55 innings, while opponents batted .251 with six homers against him. He’ll make $800,000 this season and won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2010 season. Yates has a career record of 6-12, 5.15 with three saves in 152 games.
Redmond, 22, was a 39th-round draft-and-follow in 2004 who signed out of St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC a year later. His prospect status took a hit in 2007, when he struggled for the first time, going 8-13, 4.38 in 28 starts, mostly at high Class A Lynchburg. He had a 107-35 K-BB ratio, .269 opponent average and 15 homers allowed in 160 innings. His stuff is average at best, as he works with a 90-mph fastball, a curveball and a changeup. Redmond projects more as a middle reliever than a starter.
It’s a minor deal that makes sense for both sides. The Braves didn’t have a spot for Yates, who can be of more use to the Pirates.