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Friday, July 29, 2011
Erik Bedard would be good risk for Red Sox

By David Schoenfield

ESPNBoston's Gordon Edes reports that the Red Sox are interested in Erik Bedard and are more likely to acquire him over Hiroki Kuroda and Ubaldo Jimenez. This makes some sense since Bedard would be far less expensive to acquire than Jimenez and Kuroda's ability to pitch well against the deeper lineups of the AL is a question mark.

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The big issue with Bedard: He hasn't pitched a game in September since 2006, due to various injuries. Bedard makes his first start since June 27 tonight, and if he shows his knee is healthy, the Mariners would love to get something for a guy who has made just 45 starts for them in the four seasons since they acquired him for Adam Jones, Chris Tillman and George Sherill. He's actually pitched well when healthy, however, he has a 3.15 ERA with Seattle and has averaged 8.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

It seems like the perfect risk for the Red Sox. While Safeco Field is notoriously friendly to left-handed pitchers, Bedard has been excellent on the road, with a 2.15 ERA this season in seven starts. After three rough outings to begin the season, he hasn't allowed more than three runs in his past 12 starts. He has to prove his knee his healthy, but this is the kind of rental that, considering the current state of the Red Sox's rotation, could prove more valuable than a Carlos Beltran or Heath Bell without giving up much to get him.

(For more on the Red Sox acquiring a starter, check out the following post on our Red Sox blog, Fire Brand of the AL.)

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