MLB Trade Rumors: Did the Red Sox Give Up Too Much for Erik Bedard?
The Boston Red Sox knew they had to bolster their pitching staff to feel comfortable going forward.
They ended up trading for Erik Bedard, the 32-year old lefty that will be coming over from the Seattle Mariners. He sports a 3.45 ERA with a 4-7 record and a tidy 1.17 WHIP.
But he just got off the DL and was shelled in the one start he got in before the trade. Considering how much the Red Sox gave up to acquire him, this was not the right move.
Sure no players on the current roster were shipped out west, but they gave up some top notch prospects. Check out what is being said about Chih-Hsieh Chiang, the 23-year old that was part of the deal:
“Call him Video Game Chiang,” Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks said of Portland teammate Chih-Hsieh Chiang at the All-Star Futures Game, where both players represented the Sox. “He hits the ball with video game pop. He hits the ball harder than anyone I’ve seen. He squares balls up. If he squares a ball up, and a guy is throwing hard, he’ll hit a ball 500 feet, no problem.”
That one stings, as does losing Tim Federowicz, the best defensive catcher in the farm system whom hit .275 with a .337 OBP, .734 OPS, seven homers and 50 RBI in Double-A.
Instead of being the heir apparent to Jason Varitek, he is heading to Los Angeles to become a member of the Dodgers.
Juan Rodriguez is a 6-7 strikeout pitcher that sports a 2-4 with a 5.19 ERA, but 13.4 strikeouts per nine innings. He is a raw player at this point, but he's only 22 and has the sort of slider that can translate to the professional level. He is certainly a player that has a bright future.He too will also be heading to the Dodgers.
Last but not least, Stephen Fife will be leaving the Boston organization with a 11-4 with a 3.66 ERA, 70 strikeouts and 37 walks in 2011. He made the Double-A All Star team and will be in the majors by this point next year...too bad it will be in Dodger blue.
Sure all of the above prospects won't be can't miss stars. But it's more than likely that at least one of them is going to turn into a reliable every day player.
Is it worth it to give it all up in exchange for an ailing Bedard that has yet to prove he is 100 percent healthy?
Theo Epstein has made it clear that the Red Sox are all-in on the 2011 season...will it payoff?
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