The Mariners completed an eventful weekend of wheeling and dealing with a complex 3-team deal at the last minute which shipped pitcher Erik Bedard to the Red Sox. The Dodgers are also involved in the deal. Seven players in play in this deal. The Red Sox acquire reliever Joshua Fields from M”s also. The Dodgers acquire catcher , right-handed reliever and right-handed starter from Red Sox. The Mariners acquire OF from Dodgers and OF from the Red Sox …
So at last the Erik Bedard odyssey has ended here in Seattle and from the looks of the package we may have come out ok as the two young guys we picked-up look to be promising. Erik Bedard did manage to finally show us why we traded for him to begin with this year but I for one am glad to see the injury-prone lefty go. As for losing the former #1 pick ,the truth is he was slow in developing and the Mariners desperately need offense which Chiang and Robinson will get a chance to provide so this part of the package is a plus in my book.
Bedard in addition to being hurt for most of his stay here was also a bit too pouty and distant for my taste and gave the impression that he thought he was better than everyone else. Besides we gave up for him who certainly would have been a better center fielder than what has turned out to be. Jack Z. has stated today that these two prospects will be providing some competition for our current group of outfielders, which is a good thing though the battle for left and center continues to get muddled with these acquisitions.
As Far as the starting rotation is concerned I imagine Beavan has a spot now but the fifth spot seems to be a question mark that will unravel soon enough after the dust settles from this hectic weekend. If nothing else we have a whole new group of players to speculate on, get to know and perhaps get to like if they can produce here.The only real constant with the Mariners these days is change and change can be a good thing. Go M”s! http://jeffsmariners.com