Never trade away the possible future of your team
The following players were traded in exchange for Erik Bedard: Adam Jones, George Sherrill, Tony Butler, Chris Tillman, and Kameron Mickolio. Things went downhill for the Mariners this year. Usually when a team is bad, they usually have a wealth of talent in their farm systems, or at least one ground-breaking prospect.
Adam Jones and Chris Tillman were no doubt, the top prospects within the Mariners' system at the time. No matter how good you did the season before, a team should never give up the gold in their farm unless they're getting gold or even more gold in return. Which brings me to my next point..
Concerning MLB prospects, only trade a prospect unless you're getting more value in return
This value just doesn't come in the form of their statistics the year before, or their strikeouts per inning rate. INJURY HISTORY! An MLB player, especially an injury-prone picture should raise red flags to a general manager. In the minors, Bedard had an elbow ligament injury which set him back 18 months.
Toward the end of the 2007 season, an MRI confirmed that Bedard had suffered a strained oblique. You don't trade for damaged goods, especially if you there is any uncertainty those damaged goods will return to their original condition. I'm not an injury expert, but when a guy ends his season with an injury, that's should be significant. Which brings me to my next point...
Bill Bavasi is an Idiot
WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU TRADE FOR A PITCHER THAT ENDED THE SEASON WITH AN INJURY. Not only that, you gave up THE TOP PROSPECT IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE!
I'm not going to try to hate on Erik Bedard for getting injured and all, this season was probably the worst of the poor guy's career. Erik Bedard is one of the most talented pitchers in the major leagues.
However, that talent can't be used effectively if he's on the disabled list. He'll be unable to pitch until the middle of next season and that's a big IF. His future in Mariner will be in question and only the newly-hired GM will decide if he'll be part of the rebuilding project. I highly doubt that. Chances are, the next time Erik Bedard pitches, it won't be in a Mariners' uniform.
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