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.

14 Responses

  1. Redgoggles

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

    • The_next_Janish

      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. Joey Barrett

    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. Ethan L

    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).

  4. IndyRedMan

    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. scottya

    Clearing a spot for Shohei Ohtani. Best of luck to Tim in the KBO

    • Michael E

      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.

      • Daytonian

        Local culture and livability? Cincinnati should just go out and goetta him.

  6. Scott Gennett

    Looks like a wise decision, wish him the best

  7. davemoorewvu

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

  8. TR

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

  9. Steven Ross

    Wish him well but he won’t be missed.

  10. bouwills

    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.