Mariners Send Erik Bedard to Boston in 3-Team Trade

marc w · July 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

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.


8 Responses to “Mariners Send Erik Bedard to Boston in 3-Team Trade”

  1. Breadbaker on July 31st, 2011 2:01 pm

    LOL on Fields.

  2. sexymarinersfan on July 31st, 2011 2:03 pm

    Well I hope we made the right decision. I trust in Jack and his scouts. Maybe we can re-acquire Erik at the end of the season.

  3. sexymarinersfan on July 31st, 2011 2:07 pm


  4. eponymous coward on July 31st, 2011 2:08 pm

    Well, looks like we’re stocked with reasonably interesting position players at some positions of weakness, thanks to trading 4 pitchers.

    Good thing, too. We need ’em.

    Maybe we can re-acquire Erik at the end of the season.

    I actually hope not. Bedard’s likely to make at least 5-7 million next year, and you might have to sign him to a multi-year deal. It’s one thing to sign a pitcher with bad injury history when you’ve got a deep team. But the Mariners aren’t one pitcher away from anything.

    Oh, and it looks like the Bavasi Purge is still on.

  5. Gritty Veteran Poster on July 31st, 2011 2:16 pm

    Bedard vs. Boston fans and media. What could go wrong there?

  6. scott19 on July 31st, 2011 2:42 pm

    Since Bedard’s from just outside Ottawa, it wouldn’t surprise me if either the Red Sox or Blue Jays take a flyer on him next season.

  7. joser on July 31st, 2011 4:50 pm

    Bedard vs. Boston fans and media. What could go wrong there?

    Exactly what I was thinking. Though maybe the word will get around he’s like one of those taciturn, flinty nor’easteners and everybody will give him his space.

  8. matthew on August 1st, 2011 12:44 am

    For the last time: a1

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