MIAMI (AP) – Left-hander Mark Redman joined the Florida Marlins from the Detroit Tigers in a five-player trade Saturday.

The Marlins sent right-hander Gary Knotts and minor league left-handers Nate Robertson and Rob Henkel to the Tigers for Redman and minor league right-hander Jason Fuell.

The teams had talked about a deal for Redman since November but only made the swap after Florida’s attempt to land Montreal Expos starter Bartolo Colon fell through, Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest said.

“We said all winter we wanted to improve our pitching,” Beinfest said. “We’ve done that now, and we’ve done it from the left side.”

Redman, entering his third full major league season, went 8-15 with a 4.21 ERA in 30 starts for the Tigers last season. He didn’t pitch after Sept. 11 because of fatigue in his arm but still logged more than 200 innings.

He joins a rotation featuring young right-handers A.J. Burnett, Josh Beckett and Brad Penny.

“He’s a big strong kid, and the 200 innings we like,” manager Jeff Torborg said. “He’s got a very strong changeup.”

Redman is likely to command at least a $1 million raise through arbitration from the $300,000 salary he earned last season.

“My goal this offseason was to avoid tiring down at the end,” said Redman, who started his career with the Minnesota Twins. “The goal was to build my legs up stronger to pitch 200 innings but still have it up there in the high 80s and low 90s.”

Beinfest said this week’s sale of outfielder Kevin Millar to the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese league freed up money to sign Redman. The Marlins, who also signed catcher Mike Redmond to a one-year contract Saturday, plan to go into spring training with their current roster, Beinfest said.

The cash-strapped Marlins have been active this offseason. They disposed of the burdensome contracts of outfielder Preston Wilson and catcher Charles Johnson in a deal with Atlanta and Colorado that landed them center fielder Juan Pierre and right-handed reliever Tim Spooneybarger.

The Marlins let go of Millar, who led the team with a .306 batting average last season, but added outfielders Todd Hollandsworth and Gerald Williams this week.

Knotts shuttled between the Marlins and Triple A last season, going 3-1 with a 4.40 ERA in 28 major league appearances.

Henkel was a third-round draft pick out of UCLA in 2000 who has had elbow surgery. He went 13-7 with a 3.16 ERA in two minor league stops.

Robertson made his major league debut in a start on Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh. He appeared in five more games for Florida, all in relief. In minor league play, Robertson was 10-9 with a 3.42 ERA in 27 starts.

Fuell spent last season in Class A.

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