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Red Sox land Erik Bedard in three-team, seven-player deal

Jul 31, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

Erik Bedard AP

This one came in just as the clock struck four, which is midnight for trade deadline purposes: Erik Bedard from Seattle to the Red Sox. The Dodgers are involved too.

Here’s how it works: Boston is getting Bedard and Josh Fields from Seattle. The Sox are then sending minor league catcher Tim Federowicz, righty Juan Rodriguez and right-hander Stephen Fife to the Dodgers. Outfielder Trayvon Robinson is going from the Dodgers to the Mariners. Outfielder Chih Hsien Chiang is going from the Red Sox to the Mariners.

Got that? If so, good, you’re better than me, because some of those minor leaguer movements may be wrong.  There are at least three different reporters saying three different things with respect to where everyone is going.  We’ll clarify that as we can, but the key thing for now is that Bedard is going to Boston.

And, compared to taking on Rich Harden, that’s a better deal.  Bedard is still fraglie, but not as fragile as Harden.  If he can remain healthy, however, he remains capable of solid performance for the stretch run.

The big question I have here is why in the wide world of sports the Dodgers were in on this deal, and why they gave up Trayvon Robinson, who looks to be a stud prospect. Playing center field for Albuquerque, Robinson is hitting .293/.375/.563.  Yes, that’s a hitter-friendly environment, but he looks to be big league ready or close to it.

  1. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Good move by the Sox no doubt , but there is no way Travyon Robinson is going to the Red Sox , i believe he is going to the mariners , that kid is a stud , would make no sense if mariners do not get him .

  2. xnumberoneson - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Sounds like 2 different trades as opposed to a 3-way. Seems wrong on the surface.

  3. Ari Collins - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Very confusing, I’ve heard Trayvon Robinson headed to Seattle and I’ve heard him heading to Boston.

  4. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Why did the Yankees not grab him though ? Not that high of a price to pay for someone with alot of potential , and being a lefty , why not pick him up ? Always had great success against the Red Sox and especially them having a lefty heavy lineup , not sure why the Yankees just watched and made no moves at all.

    • pisano - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:43 PM

      Part of it could that he got bombed Friday night. Supposedly the Yankees had scouts at the game, maybe they didn’t like what they saw, who knows.

      • ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:52 PM

        And even after that start he still has a 3.45 ERA , his stuff looked good , missed locations , Sox didn’t give up very much though , one player that maybe but doubtfully would have seen the field in the Majors. Sure as hell better then Lars Anderson for Rich Harden that is for sure.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 31, 2011 at 5:15 PM

      Wonder if there is some bad blood left over after last year’s Cliff Lee fiasco. Anyway, I hope Seattle likes their Justin Smoak…

      • marinersnate - Jul 31, 2011 at 5:20 PM

        We also like our King Felix….

    • cackalackyank - Jul 31, 2011 at 7:46 PM

      I think this guy would fall apart in NY. Last thing the Yankees want is another Ed Whitson, etc. Once upon a time this guy would have made some sense, not that the Yankees have ever shyed away from guys with some baggage, but there just wasn’t enough of an upside imo.

  5. crpls - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Jack Z was talking about getting Trayvon, so it sounds like he’s sticking there, not being moved on to the Red sox.

  6. Craig Calcaterra - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    I updated on Robinson. Lots of confusing reports about him. Sorry.

    • patsandsox - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:57 PM

      So Craig do you think this is a good move for the Red Sox? I was kind of scared off of Beddard after reading what his former GM had to say about him the other day. Was that just sour grapes?

      I actually thought giving up lars wasnt a bad move since he is blocked in Boston by Adrian.

      I would like your expert opinion. I have never heard of the prospect the Sox gave up in this deal

  7. sdelmonte - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    I’m not sure but I think Rex Ryan and Senator Reid were also involved in this one.

  8. Ari Collins - Jul 31, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Weird weird deal.

    1. The Dodgers gave up a good prospect in order to get three not-as-good prospects? Why?

    2. The Sox gave up quantity but nothing too big, and got Bedard and (for some reason) a control-deficient relief prospect. I guess your ‘pen can never have too many high-upside candidates?

    3. The Mariners actually got a good prospect for Bedard. How did that happen?

  9. patsandsox - Jul 31, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    The Boston Red Sox have traded for Seattle Mariners starter Erik Bedard, a major league source tells ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes.

    The three-team deal also involving the Los Angeles Dodgers was agreed upon just moments before the 4 p.m. ET deadline, according to the source.

    In the trade, Bedard and fellow Mariners pitcher Josh Fields are headed to Boston; Dodgers outfield prospect Trayvon Robinson is going to Seattle; Red Sox prospects Tim Federowicz, Juan Rodriguez and Stephen Fife are headed to the Dodgers; and Boston prospect Chih Hsien Chiang is headed for Seattle.

    Bedard is 4-7 with a 3.45 ERA this season. He has a 55-48 career record with a 3.69 ERA.

    “ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes, ESPN senior baseball writer Jayson Stark and ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney contributed to this report.”

    • Ari Collins - Jul 31, 2011 at 5:05 PM

      You know it says that right up there, right?

      • patsandsox - Jul 31, 2011 at 5:11 PM

        The way I was reading the comments it sounded like their was some confusion about where some of the players were going. If I could retract it now I would.

  10. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jul 31, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    No way patsandsox you can use copy and paste , congratulations .

    • patsandsox - Jul 31, 2011 at 5:13 PM

      some day if you give up the blunts you might figure it out also

  11. 24may98 - Jul 31, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Saw Trayvon Robinson play a number of games in last AFL -always looked outstanding on both sides of the ball.

    Rumor there was that he was related to both Jackie and Maury – if so those are notable blood lines.

  12. Ari Collins - Jul 31, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    The Mariners got two good prospects in the deal, the best two that changed hands. Crazy.

  13. tomlotter1948 - Jul 31, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Nice move Red Sox…the rich get richer!

    • pisano - Jul 31, 2011 at 6:12 PM

      Wait until his next start before you start handing out kudos. if he gets bombed again you might want to praise Seattle for getting rid of him.

  14. yournuts - Jul 31, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Not really a good move by the Red Sox at all. Not many innings pitched by Erik in the last few years, surgeries and the DL are mostly what he has seen. Most baseball people feel his better days are way behind him. I think the Sox are desperate to add someone especially after the Rich Harden deal fell through.

    • Ralphie - Jul 31, 2011 at 6:17 PM

      If the Sox are desperate to add a starter it’s not because the Harden deal fell through, it’s because of the back problems of Clay Bucholz. He could be out anywhere from the next month – or for the year.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 31, 2011 at 7:55 PM

      It would be a bad move if they needed Bedard to be healthy. Or if they gave up something of consequence for him. Neither of those things are true. It’s a good high-upside gamble that costs them little, nothing more, nothing less.

  15. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 31, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    boston should be clearing room on the DL list asap for Bedard cause it wont be long until he makes a visit

  16. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jul 31, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Funniest part of all of this , Yankees fans can deny it now , but if they acquired this guy it would be , ” well he has a great track record against the Red Sox , they have alot of lefties , he will be a good pickup , especially considering we didn’t give up any high end prospects .” And so on , it gets old , don’t be upset that the Yankees picked up no one to bolster their rotation , Yankees will win the wild card and lose to the Rangers regardless .

    • cackalackyank - Jul 31, 2011 at 8:05 PM

      Might be true some would say that, but right now I am not certain the Yankees problems are first and foremost in the Rotation. In any case wouldn’t be a great acquistion because the odds are about 59/50 that he would be on the DLby the time we play the Sox any-hoo. Right now I have to concur though, I do not see a second round in the playoffs for the Yankees
      this year.

  17. proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    So Lars Anderson still belongs to the Red Sox! I am sure that he is disappointed.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 31, 2011 at 7:58 PM

      If Anderson ever shows he’s even a backup at the major league level the Sox will send him somewhere.

  18. clydeserra - Jul 31, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    I am calling BS. This is a better deal for the Red Sox than the Harden deal. But bedard is not a better bet as If I am the A’s I am filing a grievance.

    • Ralphie - Jul 31, 2011 at 7:41 PM

      The Sox took X-Rays and MRI’s of Harden’s arm and did not like what they saw. Note that just about all of Harden’s injuries and time on the DL in his career have been because of that arm. A grievance won’t go anywhere, in fact, Oakland probably knows exactly what they Sox saw in those images of his arm.

      • clydeserra - Jul 31, 2011 at 8:01 PM

        SO you are saying there is a break in Harden’s arm? Yeah, we know, he has been broken for 10 years.

        WHy did the SOx negotiate and enter a deal just to say no at the last minute?
        You are right, it probably won’t get anywhere because baseball is corrupt, but still it looks fishy to me when a team says Harden is too injured, but bedard is a-ok

      • Ari Collins - Jul 31, 2011 at 9:29 PM

        He didn’t say that at all. Why is it so hard to believe that the Sox worked out a framework for the deal, then saw his medicals and reconsidered? They got further information, didn’t like what they saw, and backed out. (Or, actually, they lowered their offer, and the As backed out.)

      • clydeserra - Jul 31, 2011 at 9:37 PM

        nothing in hardens medicals should be a surprise to anyone.

      • Ari Collins - Jul 31, 2011 at 9:50 PM

        There’s a huge difference between what we know as a fan and what the medicals say. That’s specific information.

      • clydeserra - Jul 31, 2011 at 10:22 PM

        It smells like bad faith to me. ANderson and PTNL is an over pay for harden given his injury risk. Boston should know this going in, they are not fans, they are working baseball professionals who had a chance to see Harden’s medicals over the winter.

        Bedard is equally a good pitcher with a crappy medical history. to me, saying harden bad bedard good is showing that you don’t really care about the medicals as much as, the bedard deal is better.

        Cutting out of the Harden deal with 12 hours left on the deadline, after signing off “but for medical” leaving the A’s unable to work on another deal, is suspect to me.

        You are right maybe its not actionable, but it would make me pause to work with theo.

      • marinersnate - Aug 1, 2011 at 12:45 AM

        “You are right maybe its not actionable”

        You think?

    • Ari Collins - Jul 31, 2011 at 8:00 PM

      The grievance would be what, exactly? “Our guy was better, but you gave more for Bedard!”? That’s, umm, not grounds for a grievance whatsoever.

      • clydeserra - Jul 31, 2011 at 8:04 PM

        its the timing of the deal and the BS reason for not going through with it.

  19. losburrosinblue - Jul 31, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Woo. I was beginning to think the Dodgers were going to make it through the trade deadline without !@$^U&%$ up. Trayvon Robinson?!?! Really? What did I do wrong in a past life that makes me deserve being born a Dodger fan? They better get really good before I die…

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