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Report: Mariners “discussing” Erik Bedard with Cardinals

Jul 31, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

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Apparently not satisfied with adding Edwin Jackson to the rotation the Cardinals are reportedly talking to the Mariners about acquiring Erik Bedard.

According to Ken Rosenthal of the two sides are “discussing” a deal and “the ball is in the Cardinals’ court.”

St. Louis has a full rotation with Jackson joining Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, Jake Westbrook, and Kyle Lohse, although Westbrook has a 4.86 ERA that ranks 56th among the 62 National League pitchers with at least 100 innings and Lohse has a 5.53 ERA in five June starts.

And presumably the asking price on Bedard is pretty reasonable at this point, especially after he failed to make it out of the second inning in Friday’s “showcase” start against the weak-hitting Rays. By trading Colby Rasmus the Cardinals made it very clear that they’re willing to sacrifice long-term value for what they perceive to be short-term improvements and picking up even more rotation depth in Bedard would fit that approach.

  1. jimbo1949 - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Is this part of the 24 pitchers and Albert plan?

    • trevorb06 - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:08 AM

      TLR wants to pioneer the 9 man rotation. He wanted Punto since he can defensively play 6 positions and then just have Albert do the offense.

    • 78mu - Jul 31, 2011 at 12:51 PM

      Tony is having Duncan teach Albert how to throw a forkball.

      Someone told Tony pitching wins championships and he is determined to prove it.

      • paperlions - Jul 31, 2011 at 12:53 PM

        Yeah, because LaRussa is so prone to value the opinion of others over his own.

  2. dan1111 - Jul 31, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    I’ll bet Bedard wishes he hadn’t stolen all the answers for his medical tests from Rich Harden.

  3. socalseahawker - Jul 31, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    ANYTHING the M’s can get for Bedard will be more than what he gave them.

  4. suprjeff - Jul 31, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    If he would have had surgery when he should have he could have been pitching last year, mariners need to think about trading for a decent medical staff.

    • suprjeff - Jul 31, 2011 at 1:18 PM

      Aardsma was miss handled too

      • spudchukar - Jul 31, 2011 at 2:17 PM

        Aardsma was “Miss Handled”? Are you sure?

  5. shawnuel - Jul 31, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    I’d like the phone # of Aardsma’s “Miss” handler.

    Also…..The Mariners can do nothing if pitcher’s/players don’t disclose their injuries. Not sure how you figure management mishandled the situations.

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