In what’s turned out to be an interesting three-team trade between the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners, the one thing that’s consistently being reported is that the Red Sox are getting Erik Bedard from Seattle.
The trade breaks down like this:
- Red Sox get Bedard (Seattle), pitcher Josh Fields (Seattle)
- Mariners get OF Trayvon Robinson (Dodgers), Chih-Hsien Chiang (Red Sox)
- Dodgers get catcher Tim Federowicz (Red Sox), pitcher Stephen Fife (Red Sox), pitcher Juan Rodriguez (Red Sox)
As SoxProspects.com points out on Twitter, Chiang, Fife and Federowicz are all Rule 5 eligible after the season. That means the Red Sox would have had to place them on the 40-man roster or risk losing them in the Rule 5 draft. Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal also said on Twitter that the Red Sox must be happy with the defensive progress of catcher Ryan Lavarnway to trade Federowicz.
Obviously there’s the same injury concerns out there that the Red Sox had with Rich Harden with Bedard coming over. I’d have to say the Red Sox must not be too worried about it to make this deal.
Bedard just returned from the disabled list on Friday night and was shelled by the Tampa Bay Rays. In 1.1 innings, he allowed five runs on three hits with four walks. He made 16 starts for the Mariners this year and is 4-7 with a 3.45 ERA.
It’s going to be interesting to see what the Red Sox have in store with Andrew Miller know that Bedard is around. Miller received a no decision in his start today after allowing three runs on 10 hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in 5.1 innings. The walk numbers are encouraging considering what’s happened in the past this season but is it enough.
I’m sure we’ll learn more after the Red Sox complete their game on Sunday afternoon against the Chicago White Sox.
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