2017 Reds

Tim Adleman signs deal to pitch in Korea

Tim Adleman, who led the Cincinnati Reds in innings pitched in 2017, has reportedly signed a contract to pitch for the Samsung Lions in Korea. He’ll make more than a cool million dollars on the one-year deal, so it’s probably a great financial decision for Adleman and his family, especially since there’s no guarantee that he’ll have a spot on the 2018 Reds.

We wish Adleman, who will be 30 next season, the very best of luck. His struggle to reach the big leagues — from being cut by an independent league team all the way to the majors — is one of the better stories you’ll hear, and he’s always been easy to root for. Hope he succeeds in all his future endeavors.

21 thoughts on “Tim Adleman signs deal to pitch in Korea

  1. It’s not even opening day, and we’ve already lost our #1*! (*in innings pitched.)

    • New strategy – keep 13 pitchers on the roster and each will pitch 112 or so innings. No starter/bullpen distinction – just arms rotated in on proper rest. Match ups, scouting, and everything else will be ignored! Numbers will be fulfilled – that all that matters.

      • Funny thing Dick Williams espoused such an idea a year or so ago, but he felt it wasn’t realistic to do so. Considering last year it would have been the perfect time to have tried it out

  2. MLB Traderumors had this on their site and said something to the equivalent of this move will deplete the Reds rotation depth. They then go on to list like 15 starting pitchers on the Reds 40 man roster. Yep, the Reds pitching depth was decimated today 😉

  3. This is a good thing.
    Assuming Disco and Bailey are healthy, he would be a DFA.
    Opens a spot on the 40 man, which is need to select someone in the rule 5 draft.
    Good luck Tim, good time to move on, for both parties.
    (note, Tim will make about 2 times as much this year)

  4. Best case scenario is his velocity ticks up to 94-95 consistently…and he finds the movement and command of his pitches to win 12-15 games in 2018/19 and be a solid #3 capable of winning postseason games by 2019.

    Worst case scenario is he is a bad pitcher and turns into the latest version of Eric Milton…where he has to pitch because he is healthy and owed a lot of money and we get to recycle the Price post game Arroyo comments from 2017……. With Homer leading the league in home runs allowed in late May and never making it through the lineup a second time…..but ” he’s getting there and trying to find it. ”

    This really is one of the bigger questions for 2018/19 imo.

    • Wrong thread I think? I thought you were talking about Adleman throwing 95? Maybe if they don’t drug test and he mysteriously got all of Bonds old stash….that and an arm transplant.

  5. Good for him. This seems like a sound business decision b/c there’s a potential log jam in the rotation this season (if people are healthy).

    • Given every team can afford him (very low salary), it comes down to how well your city, club and environment suite him. Does he want to win WS rings immediately? does he want a strong Japanese culture close by? Does he want warm, cool, dry, humid weather?

      who knows. Cincy has its selling points, but if the guy wants bikinis on the beach, its So Cal or Miami I guess. If he wants to pitch and play the field when not pitching, then that is just weather a team will go for all that usage. Personally I would do it and only rest him maybe one day every other week.

      Skepticism is warranted, simply because they’ll be 10-15-20 teams hoping to get him for such a cheap contract.

      • And skepticism was justified as Ohtani’s team eliminated the Reds from consideration today. Mostly west-coast clubs but Rangers and Cubs also still in the mix.

        I would have been mildly surprised, if not shocked, if Ohtani would have given serious consideration to the Reds. I just can see what they could offer that would make them stand out. Oh well, let’s hope the Cubs don’t get him. They don’t need more help.

  6. SCOTTYA…. I hope you’re right! If nothing else, it would be interesting to see how they would handle him.

  7. This is good for Adelman financially. Good for the Reds at this time.
    But the opening of a 40-man roster spot is the bigger news. People are taking about that the open 40-man roster spot might be in store for a Rule V pick next month. Possibly.
    But the deadline for teams to tender/non-tender contracts is tomorrow at 8PM EST. This might also be in preparation for that. Once players are non-tendered they become free agents. There might be someone the Reds are looking at that is very potentially going to get non-tendered tomorrow.

  8. Looks like a good move for Tim, plus a chance to get a foundation in a second language.

  9. Tim did a good job for the Reds, particularly in 2016 & early 2017. Unfortunately for Tim, hitters seem to have figured him out last June & his performance fell off. Also several of the Reds pitching prospects began to come into their own late last season, making TA expendable. I’d rather the Reds hadn’t lost both Adleman & McGuire. I wish Tim the best. He was fun to root for.

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