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Why Mr. Bedard wasn’t traded in June

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on July 9, 2009 at 3:10 pm with No Comments »
July 9, 2009 3:10 pm

There were a lot of folks wondering why the Seattle Mariners didn’t heed their advice and trade Erik Bedard last month before he went on the disabled list.

The answer is simple: No one made an offer.

Scouts following the Mariners and Bedard from late May through mid-June were impressed with his stuff, but not his durability.

Bedard was, as a Phillies scout pointed out, a ‘five and dive’ starting pitcher – a man who’d give you five marvelous innings, could strike out the side in the fifth and then … quit.

You can live with that in a fourth or fifth starter, but not in a top-of-the-rotation guy. And Bedard is considered the latter, not the former.

The market in June did not exist. Not unless the Mariners and GM Jack Zduriencik had sweetened the deal from their end and dropped the kind of talent they were willing to take in return.

That wasn’t going to happen.

Now, Bedard is building up arm strength and lengthening his pitch count, but at the All-Star break he’s unlikely to have shown anyone he can pitch deep into games.

Trading Bedard now would be like trying to deal third baseman Adrian Beltre. Damaged goods don’t get moved at the deadline.

And when they only give you six innings in June, teams don’t line up for the chance to acquire you.

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