MLB Trade Deadline: Why Erik Bedard Deal Was a Great Move for the Boston Red Sox

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MLB Trade Deadline: Why Erik Bedard Deal Was a Great Move for the Boston Red Sox
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The Boston Red Sox were not content with the best record in the American League, the most potent offense in baseball, a Cy Young candidate and three MVP contenders in their lineup. In the run up to the July 31 trade deadline, the Sox were linked to Ubaldo Jimenez, Carlos Beltran, Hunter Pence, Jeff Francoeur, Matt Garza and Rich Harden.

By the time the 4 p.m. deadline had passed, the only somewhat major move GM Theo Epstein had made was a trade for Seattle Mariners starter Erik Bedard. The Red Sox were keen to improve their starting rotation, and with Bedard, they might just have done that.

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