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Rosenthal: Dan Haren, Erik Bedard, Brendan Ryan and Matt Lindstrom have cleared waivers

Aug 14, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

Loads of baseball players are passed through waivers every August and we only wind up with a handful of acutal waiver trades, but here’s the word anyway from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal:

All five of those guys are impending free agents, which makes it likely that they’re at least shopped around. Dan Haren has been good in three straight outings and could draw interest from contending teams in need of starting pitching. Erik Bedard can eat innings, Matt Lindstrom is a decent reliever and Brendan Ryan is a very good defensive shortstop. Matt Guerrier has a torn tendon in his forearm and is done for the season.

  1. originalspinpodcast - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    I remember in 2008 the phillies picked up lefty specialist Scott Eyre. Was key for their WS run. So these waiver trades can bring contenders the one final piece they need to win a title.

  2. thekingdave - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Given this regime’s history, Bedard’s gone, even if its for a percentage of a penny on the dollar.

    • Reflex - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:14 AM

      As he should be, the Astros are building for the long run. Bedard is a nice piece for a contender, and hopefully a mid-level prospect for the Astros.

      • dan1111 - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:48 AM

        I think you are overvaluing him a bit. He has been a slightly below-average starter this season. For a team with a gaping rotation hole, adding him for 9 or 10 starts could solidify things, but it is unlikely he would be a difference maker in the playoffs.

        I doubt the Astros will get anything of value for him.

      • stex52 - Aug 15, 2013 at 8:51 AM

        Have to agree, Dave. He would be highly unlikely to be anyone’s top three. So you are talking maybe eight starts and very dicey that he even makes the playoff roster. Cash deal or a very average prospect. I’m not sure why Drew even talks about “Innings eaters” at this point in the season.

        BTW, when do you suppose this “future” we are building for is scheduled to occur?

      • Reflex - Aug 15, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        I was under the impression that the Astros farm system was on the upswing and that the current owners were doing the right thing in tearing down for a rebuild…

        I don’t know the return Bedard could bring back, I just know its pointless keeping him. Even a low level prospect is not worth keeping Bedard around.

      • foreverchipper10 - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:39 PM

        If Bedard goes there won’t be a single player on the ‘Stros making more than a mil.

  3. 13arod - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Im surprised harran cleared wainvers has been great the last couple of starts

    • dwdive - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      Surprised Haren cleared waivers? He’s been awful all season. I remember the Nats fans going crazy over this guy, saying he was a 2 or 3 starter on most teams, and that he made them the best rotation in baseball.. What a joke

      • natstowngreg - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        I’m afraid you’re missing the part about Haren pitching much better of late. It’s not about his health and performance problems from April through June. His last 3 starts, Haren has allowed 3 runs in 21 IP, with 14 baserunners and 19 K. He’s not the Dan Haren of old, but he’s shown that he can still help someone. A team could rent Haren for little talent in return, pay a small portion of his $13 million salary, and hope to get that improved performance for 4-6 weeks.

        Lots of guys are put on waivers in August. Doesn’t necessarily mean their teams plan to trade them. If Rizzo trades Haren, it’s an admission that the Nats can’t make the playoffs. Is Rizzo prepared to do that? I’m a bit skeptical.

  4. thekingdave - Aug 15, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    @stex52

    I’m slightly reassessing things after the two recent trades for “cash”. Maybe the dough is more valuable that the low level A pitcher we might have received, who’s to say.

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