As the trade deadline clock rolled down to double zeroes, the Seattle Mariners once again dealt away 2 pitchers for a 2nd straight day on Sunday. This time it was the oft-injured yet very effective SP Erik Bedard and 2008 1st round draft pick RP Josh Fields in a 3 team deal that included the Boston Red Sox and The Los Angeles Dodgers.
Here’s a snapshot at what the deal looks like:
Boston has been looking for a starting pitcher to shore things up for some time now. “We thought, looking at our club, that we certainly need to add a starting pitcher, if nothing else, for depth purposes. That was the best way we could impact the club right now,” Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein said. A deal that would send Red Sox prospect 1B to Oakland for SP Rich Harden fell through Saturday, so the Sox went with plan B. Boston scouted Bedard Friday and apparently saw what the wanted, despite being rusty and lasting less than 2 innings, he was hitting 93 mph on the gun and looked healthy. That was enough for GM Theo Epstein. Despite spending time on the DL and having a 3-7 record, Bedard has a 3.45 era and 1.17 whip. He has a solid 8.6 k/9 and 3.0 BB/9. If the Red Sox get the Bedard that dominated from May 8th to June 22nd down the stretch, they are looking at the addition of a front line starter, which would be huge in the brutal AL EAST race.
Boston Red Sox – RP Josh Fields
In Dealing Fields, Seattle’s GM Jack Zduriencik has shown the last of Bill Bavasi’s handy work the door. Fields needs a new organization to work with him, he’s been a total bust with the Mariners. The former 20th overall pick in the 2008 draft has sported a 4-5 record with a 4.54 era, 1.505 whip, and 10 saves in 81 games. His 9.2 k/9 is decent for a RP, but his 6.4 BB/9 is not. For 2011, he had a 6.6 BB/9 at Double-A Jackson and a 9.0 BB/9 at Triple-A Tacoma. He will need to fix that dirty habit if he hopes to see the light of day in the Red Sox bullpen.
The Dodgers have every intention of giving the former 2008 7th round pick Federowicz every chance of capturing the starting catching gig in 2012. Known mostly for his defense and not his bat, Federowicz is hitting .275 with a .742 ops, 8 hr’s, 52 rbis, and 46 runs scored. He projects as a back up major league catcher and I can’t imagine him hitting much over .240 as a major league regular.
Los Angeles Dodgers – SP Stephen Fife
Fife throws 3 pitches for strikes. In addition to a low 90’s fast ball, he throws a change-up, and a curveball. The 24 year old former 2008 3rd round pick has a 11-4 record to go with a 3.66 era, and a 1.39 whip in 103.1 innings for AA Portland of the Eastern League. He has a so-so 6.10 k/9 and 3.22 BB/9. Most people in the know would tell you that he has potential, but is really looking more like a marginal 5th starter or a long reliever at best.
Los Angeles Dodgers – RP Juan Rodriguez
The 22 year old Dominican is 2-4 with a 5.19 era and a 1.51 whip. He has good movement on his mid 90’s fastball which has lead to a lot of strikeouts for him, despite a weak slider as his only other pitch. His 13.42 k/9 ratio is excellent, but his 4.88 bb/9 is not. He was at Low-A Greenville of the So Atlantic League. I’m not really sure what they have in Rodriguez. If the Dodgers can polish him around the edges and develop his slider, he may become an excellent back end of the bullpen type of guy.
Robinson, the former Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles stand out has really emerged this season. After being drafted in the 10th round in 2005, he struggled until seeing the light in 2009. His 2011 season has been impressive. He is hitting .293 with 26 hr’s, 71 rbi, 70 runs, and 8 sb in 368 ab’s over 100 games for AAA Albuquerque. I love the .938 ops, however the 122 k’s vs 45 walks I can do with out. He’s only 23, and while you can teach plate dicipline, you can’t teach talent. Robinson does have the talent to be an everyday center fielder. The question is will he be an average one, or will he be a good one? We shall see.
Seattle Mariners – OF Chih-Hsien Chiang
Chiang is turning into a feel good success story. After signing with the Red Sox in 2005 out of Taiwan, he’s been on the short end of a battle with diabetes. This season, he has seemed to conquered, or at least learned to live with it in a healthy way that has made him awfully impressive on the field. The 23 year old is hitting .340 with 37 doubles, 4 triples, and 18 hr’s. That’s right, half of his hits have been for extra bases. He also has 76 rbi, 68 runs, and 6 sb to go along with a 1.050 ops. Scouts like his swing, but cringe at his selection of pitches to swing at. He still projects as a 4th outfielder, but he’s certainly making people pause and think about his potential.
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