Mariners Send Erik Bedard to Boston in 3-Team Trade
The M’s have apparently sent Erik Bedard to Boston for AA outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang in a deal that sends Boston AA C Tim Federowicz and other prospects to the Dodgers. The M’s also added OF Trayvon Robinson from LA.
Both OFs have some power: Taiwanese OF Chiang has 18 HRs and a slugging percentage near .650 in the Eastern League this year, and Robinson‘s already hit 26 HRs in the PCL for Albuquerque. The M’s wanted offense, and that’s what they’ve acquired. Both come with some question marks, however. Chiang’s never really impressed scouts, and he’s not a terribly patient hitter, but a lefty-hitting OF with power is a good thing to take a chance on. He played in the Futures Game this year for the World team and did well. Robinson’s benefitted from his high-altitude environment at Albuquerque, as he hit all of 9 HRs last year in AA. He’s also striking out in about 30% of his plate appearances, but he can take a pitch and he’s got decent speed.
For now, Chiang will head to AA Jackson and Robinson will stay in the PCL with Tacoma, who head to Albuquerque this week. The initial reports that had the M’s getting back-up C Tim Federowicz were underwhelming, but getting these two OFs make the deal a very good one. Neither’s a sure thing, but it’s not like Erik Bedard was acquired for his durability. Well done, Jack.
UPDATE: The M’s also sent RHP Josh Fields to Boston in this deal. I’m sure that’s going to radically change everyone’s view of it.