Sunday, July 31, 2011

Red Sox Acquire SP Erik Bedard.

The Red Sox have acquired starting pitcher Erik Bedard from the Seattle Mariners.

The Red Sox traded four Minor Leaguers in the deal -- three of whom -- catcher Tim Federowicz, pitcher Stephen Fife and righty Juan Rodriguez -- went to the Dodgers for outfielder Trayvon Robinson. The Red Sox then dealt Robinson and outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang to the Mariners to complete the exchange for Bedard. Boston also acquired Minor League reliever Josh Fields, a right-hander, from the Mariners in the deal.

Before going on the DL, Bedard had an ERA of 3.00 in 15 starts. His record of 4-6 may not have shown, but he was pitching very well.

A lot of fans may be familiar with Bedard from his time in Baltimore, where from '04-'07 he had a 3.82 ERA and somehow managed to win 40 games. Despite posting decent numbers with a horrible team he didn't exactly show up big against top competition. In his career at Fenway Park Bedard is 2-3 in 6 games with a 6.99 ERA. That career ERA in Boston is 2nd worst to only to his career Angel's Stadium... where his ERA climbed to 7.08.

Another issue with Erik is the fact that his fire has often been called into question. He's developed a reputation as a guy who may not really love playing baseball. Many believed this to be so true that it was rumored he may blow his first game off the DL as a way to kill off trade interest and stay with The Mariners, a team in the midst of maybe the worst losing streak in MLB history, just so he wouldn't have to leave his comfortable surroundings in Seattle. If these whispers seem to creep up in Boston this could end up getting ugly fast. For some reason guys that don't care about winning aren't exactly who you want to pick up for a Playoff push.

Despite all the negative numbers and rumors I actually consider this a smart trade. Bedard can be a decent pitcher who should give Boston quality innings, he has experience in the AL East, and his 3.82 ERA should be good enough to pile up a few wins with The Red Sox in Fenway Park.

Who knows? Maybe he pitches with more confidence and can become a quality addition. But playing under a pressure he's never experienced will weigh on him far too much. This one could really go either way.


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