Sunday, January 27, 2008

Bedard Looks to Be Headed to Seattle

If reports out of Seattle are true, the Orioles left-handed ace, Erik Bedard, will be traded to the Mariners for outfield prospect Adam Jones and others within the next day or two.

This is not Brewer news, but it is related to the Brewers in that rumors were circulating that the Cubs were after Bedard and Baltimore's second baseman, Brian Roberts. If the Cubs had been able to pull off a trade for one of the best up-and-coming pitchers in baseball who had a Cy Young-caliber season last year in the offensively overloaded AL East and a speedy leadoff hitting second baseman, they would have probably been expected to run away with the NL Central.

The Cubs could still trade for Roberts, but they'd likely have to give up significant pitching talent to acquire him and that would hurt an already thin pitching staff. Without getting Bedard, the addition of Roberts and the subtraction of pitching would be a marginal improvement at best for Chicago, in my opinion, especially if Mark DeRosa, who is penciled in at second base for the Cubs, could put up offensive numbers similar to last year (although I'd bet against him matching his 2007 numbers).

The position the Cubs should be more concerned about, in my opinion, is shortstop. Ryan Theriot will not help them offensively. The rumor that the Cubs are interested in the Padres' Khalil Greene, who would likely hit significantly better outside of Petco Park, makes a lot more sense to me than the addition of Roberts. This is especially true since it seems as though the Padres are interested in outfielder Matt Murton. If the Cubs could land Greene without giving up pitching, that could be a significant upgrade to their 2008 squad.


Anonymous Richie Z said...

With Bedard, Seattle has the best five starting pitchers in baseball - and the worst first baseman in baseball.

January 28, 2008 2:22 AM  

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