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MVP ... As In Most Veteran Player

Mike Redmond has played in about half his team's games during his career, but is not half bad. He's not a household name, though when most fans heard the Indians had signed him to a free agent contract in December, they figured it was a waste of $850,000 for a catcher is 39 years old and has 13 homers in 12 years. Redmond's career though, is one of the glass being half full rather than half empty.

He's got a .289 career batting average, rakes left-handers at a .327 clip, and is regarded as a steady receiver most adept at handling young pitchers. "Everybody really raves about him," assistant general manager Chris Antonetti said shortly after the signing. "He has an exceptionally high baseball IQ. He's a great teammate and an intense competitor. At the same time, he keeps things loose. He's...

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