Trade Candidate: Erik Bedard

Uspw_6215474Few could have foreseen Erik Bedard's relatively disappointing career arc after his brilliant breakout campaign as an Oriole in 2007. The left-hander was worth 5.4 WAR that year, striking out more than a batter per inning, and he finally seemed to have harnessed his nasty raw stuff in a way that would translate to a stretch of dominance.

But the cruel reality of injuries intervened in literally every season since then, reducing Bedard to that frustrating type of player who is effective during his fleeting stretches of relative health. Now with the Pirates after quietly signing a one-year contract with them as a free agent this offseason, Bedard is looking like a strong in-season trade candidate — with that all too familiar caveat: if he can stay healthy.

Such a trade would not be new territory for Bedard. Last season, the Red Sox acquired the southpaw from the Mariners in an interesting three-way swap that netted Seattle a decent prospect in outfielder Trayvon Robinson. Even within the context of that trade, Bedard showed his best and worse: He turned in several strong second-half outings for the Red Sox, but he also missed roughly three starts due to various injuries during the team's brutal September collapse. So, the upside is there, but so is the risk.

Bedard has gotten off to a decent start this season (he struck out nine in five innings during his start today), and more importantly, he's been healthy. If he can continue to take the hill every fifth day over the next month, Bucs GM Neal Huntington would be wise to start phoning starting-needy contenders, especially considering that Bedard's modest $4.5MM salary shouldn't be a deterrent for most suitors. The Yankees, for one, might fit that bill, depending upon how they handle their beleaguered rotation in the coming weeks.

Even if Bedard were to yield a medium or low probability prospect with a high upside — a la Robinson — it might be worth it for the rebuilding Pirates to pull the trigger during another season that surely won't end in a postseason berth.


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30 Comments on "Trade Candidate: Erik Bedard"


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MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

I wonder if the Red Sox would be a good fit 0_o

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johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 HAHA. Sure Maine… Boston can give Seattle Josh Fields back for him. Maybe even Andrew Miller to sweeten the pot.

Guest
3 years 2 months ago

Braves? D-Backs? Maybe. The Red Sox have quite enough borderline starters. And if I recall correctly, Bedard Experiment I didn’t produce anything better than Doubront, Miller, etc.

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MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

I was being sarcastic because they traded for him last year, but Bedard is more than a borderline starter.  He’s been very good (and very injured) his whole career, and he was actually arguably their best pitcher down the stretch last year.

Guest
3 years 2 months ago

NO WAY…everyone loves what he’s been bringing to the table in Pittsburgh so far and how solid he’s been pitching this season. its not evident by his 1-4 record, but the 4 losses were all great starts and he got barely any run support those games. top 10 in the NL in K’s (27 total K’s) and a 2.48 era is not considered “decent” in my opinion. dont be hating on the fact that the Pirates rotation is one of the best in baseball right now and automatically say they are trade pieces

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3 years 2 months ago

So you suggest letting him walk and getting nothing in return for him? If he has a good and healthy season hes not going to be a Pirate in 2013. 

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johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

“If he has a good and healthy season”

Something he has not been for 5 years.

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Jason_F
3 years 2 months ago

He’s a trade piece not because people are “hating,” rather because it is the smart thing to do. As long as they are not in the hunt come July or so and Bedard is pitching well, it would behoove the Pirates not to try and pick up a decent prospect for him. You need to get realistic about your team and the fact that they aren’t going to be making any noise this year with a team posting sub-600 ops. They are pitching great, but their starters numbers look so good mostly due to a flukishly low HR rate.

Guest
3 years 2 months ago

remember, last years Pirate team was pretty much exactly like this years team at this point of the season…..solid starting pitching, solid bullpen, bad hitting with RISP, not scoring many runs, winning via small ball. last years team was 3 games under for April and even for May, so they were 3 games under .500 at the end of May. they didnt start turning it up til mid June when they started getting some attention nationwide. theres SO MUCH time left in the season its rediculous to even start critiquing and predicting the season from not even one month of the season

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Jason_F
3 years 2 months ago

So, is your point to inform me that they will be just as bad as last year’s 18 games under .500 version of themselves? If they had Bedard last season, they would have traded him at the deadline, just like they probably will this season. That is, if he can stay healthy.

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monkeyking42
3 years 2 months ago

They were buyers at last year’s trade deadline…

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TheElectricDreamMachine
3 years 2 months ago

I suppose there’s always the off chance the Pirates’ offense could not suck, at which point they could be legitimate contenders.  Assuming the pitching somehow continues to be good.

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Mo_GOAT
3 years 2 months ago

Get him Cashman, anything is better than Freddy Garcia.

Guest
3 years 2 months ago

could have gotten him this offseason instead of trading away great young talent and power in Montero by getting Pineda and him screwing up him arm (even though I like Pineda)…and by the way thanks for AJ Burnett too. but Bedard is a Bucco now and everyone else could have had him

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Dave Pierce
3 years 2 months ago

Waaaaaaay too early to be closing the books on the Pirates in that NL Central. Yes, even the Pirates.