MLB Trade Rumors: Boston Red Sox Targeting Erik Bedard to Help Mediocre Rotation
Insert the ominous music here because the front office of the Seattle Mariners has sent scouts to both the Triple-A and Double-A Boston Red Sox affiliates.
This usually means that a trade in imminent, and in this case, it looks like the Red Sox are going hard after Mariners starting pitcher Erik Bedard.
Bedard is just coming off the disabled list, but the situation is so dire in Boston that a risk as large as this is needed to continue contending in the tough American League.
MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal is reporting to Fox Sports:
Boston's primary focus could be left-hander Erik Bedard, who has not pitched since June 27 because of a strained left knee but will come off the disabled list Friday night to pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Sox are “all over” Bedard, one source said, and both the Sox and New York Yankees are expected to scout Bedard on Friday night.
The only way that this story could get any more interesting is if the New York Yankees lose out on Ubaldo Jimenez and turn their sights to Bedard.
Imagine a bidding war between division rivals that will see one vastly overpay for a starting pitcher who is a third starter at best. There is no more fitting end to the trade deadline drama than two of the richest teams fighting over the pitching equivalent of table scraps.
If the Red Sox want to improve their chances of heading to the World Series this year and beyond, they would halt their pursuit of Bedard and go all in with Ubaldo Jimenez. Plus, stepping on the Yankees toes is always fun.
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