According ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes, a major league source informed him the Red Sox completed a three team trade, just minutes before the 4:00 p.m. deadline, that lands them to oft-injured left handed starting pitcher Erik Bedard from the Seattle Mariners. The Los Angeles Dodgers were the third team in the trade. Here’s how the trade breaks down:
- The Red Sox will receive LHP Erik Bedard and minor league relief pitcher Josh Fields from the Mariners.
- The Mariners will receive OF prospect Trayvon Robinson from the Dodgers and 2B/OF prospect Chih-Hsien Chiang from the Red Sox.
- The Dodgers will receive three prospects from the Red Sox: C Tim Federowicz, SP Stephen Fife, and RP Juan Rodriguez.
The good news for the Red Sox is that none of the prospects they traded away were highly touted. According to Sox Prospects, Federowicz was ranked #22; Chiang #23; Fife #32; and Rodriguez #44 in the Red Sox farm system. Essentially, they traded depth, rather than premium talent. All-in-all, I’m pretty psyched they were able to obtain a pitcher while holding onto Will Middlebrooks, Ryan Kalish, Josh Reddick, Anthony Ranaudo, Ryan Kalish, Kyle Weiland, and Felix Doubront. You should be as well.
As for Bedard, what can I say that didn’t fit what I said about Rich Harden last night. He’s a high-risk, high reward pitcher with spotty control and whiff inducing stuff who could really go on a run, provided he can stay healthy. If he can’t stay healthy, did the Red Sox really lose anything by trading for him? Not really. If he hits the DL after two or three starts, they’re right back where they started. All they gave away were a few prospects that were roadblocked by either established major league players, or other more highly respected prospects.
This trade is neither as sexy as trading for Ubaldo Jimenez, nor as fulfilling as obtaining Hiroki Kuroda, but it’s still a solid deal. Bedard is just another piece in the puzzle that strengthens our rotation; especially once Clay Buchholz returns from the disabled list. Let’s just hope he hurries back soon, so Bedard’s a complimentary piece, not a vital cog in the rotation.