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Boston Red Sox: Why the Erik Bedard Trade Was a Golden One

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 2:   Erik Bedard #23 of the Boston Red Sox watches the action from the dugout against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park on August 2, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. The game was delayed because of rain storms. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Jason KimCorrespondent IAugust 4, 2011

As we all know by now, Boston Red Sox general manager upgraded his already World Series-caliber team by acquiring pitcher Erik Bedard

But now the question remains: Was the deal actually worth it?

Some still say he's no different from Rich Harden, as he and Bedard seem to both be injury prone year after year. However, the Red Sox scouting department is not a joke, so they must have seen something more in Bedard.

It's not sure if I'm right, but I, too, see a good reason in acquiring the former ace.

Not only has he pitched more than 90 innings this season (he pitched 81 and 83 innings in 2009 and 2010, respectively), he has maintained a very respectable ERA at 3.45 and allowed less than one hit per inning. With that sort of stat and the scary offense of Boston, he can win multiple games easily.

There have also been no hints that he will suffer major injuries this year. Nothing at all.  

And yes, I'm aware that Safeco Field is considered a pitcher's park. However, he did pitch at Camden Yards, a not-so-easy ballpark to pitch in a couple years back, and did pretty well. After all, that's where he had his breakout season.

Bedard has definitely shown that he is one of the pitchers that, when healthy, no matter how many injuries, can be the ace of any ballclub. 

With starter Clay Buchholz out for the rest of the regular season (and the good chance he won't pitch in the playoffs), Bedard can fill the spot in the rotation, making it seem as if nothing happened. That's critical with the New York Yankees trailing close behind.

He will be the difference-maker for the World Series championship this year. With him, Boston shall be unstoppable.

That's a statement. 

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