The Sox certainly had their minds set on trading for an oft injured starting pitcher. They got their man in Erik Bedard. The positive is that this acquisition has cost the Sox very little in terms of their farm system. If Bedard can shake of the rust and stay healthy, he could be a huge lift, especially with Clay Buchholz likely out for the remainder of the regular season.
That’s just my opinion anyway. Now we want to hear yours. This week’s poll question is quite simply: “Do You Like the Bedard Acquisition?”
Last week’s poll generated a tremendous response and we thank you for voting and giving us your two cents. We asked “Which prospect is untouchable?” and over 900 votes were cast.
No one is “untouchable” 26% – I’m right there with you on this one. No prospect is untouchable; it all depends on the player being traded for. Prospects are the great unknown. Some come out of nowhere to become stars while some can’t-miss guys fail to ever reach their lofty expectations.
Josh Reddick 25% – With the way he has performed for the Sox this season, I can’t really blame anyone who would not want to part ways with Reddick. However, I wonder if this poll had come out last season, if Ryan Kalish would have garnered more votes.
Jose Iglesias 19% – Iglesias’s triple-A slash of .234/.277/.254 is, quite frankly, pathetic. However, voters clearly believe that he will hit well enough down the road to compliment his off-the-charts good defensive skills.
Anthony Ranaudo 9% – It would be hard for the Sox to let go of their best pitching prospect.
Ryan Lavarnway 8% – It’s interesting to see that the two biggest risers in the farm system got only mediocre love in this poll.
Will Middlebrooks 7% – See above.
Ryan Kalish 5% – Injuries have really ruined Kalish’s season, but some still feel that he, not Reddick, is going to be the Sox right fielder of the future.
Felix Doubront 1% – Injuries and problems with the home run ball have lowered his stock a bit this season.