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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
16 241 1303.7 71 82 1 3.99 19.9
Birth Date3-5-1979
Height6' 1"
Weight195 lbs
Age40 years, 2 months, 18 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2002 BAL MLB 2 0 0.7 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 93 27.0 0.0 0.0 13.5 0% .667 3.00 0.05 13.50 125 8.14 174.7 0.0
2004 BAL MLB 27 26 137.3 6 10 0 149 71 121 13 104 9.8 4.7 0.9 7.9 38% .323 1.60 4.32 4.59 107 5.32 109.8 0.7
2005 BAL MLB 24 24 141.7 6 8 0 139 57 125 10 101 8.8 3.6 0.6 7.9 41% .315 1.38 3.51 4.00 92 3.68 79.1 2.9
2006 BAL MLB 33 33 196.3 15 11 0 196 69 171 16 109 9.0 3.2 0.7 7.8 50% .309 1.35 3.63 3.76 89 3.73 76.0 4.4
2007 BAL MLB 28 28 182.0 13 5 0 141 57 221 19 100 7.0 2.8 0.9 10.9 50% .283 1.09 3.25 3.16 62 2.23 46.2 6.9
2008 SEA MLB 15 15 81.0 6 4 0 70 37 72 9 97 7.8 4.1 1.0 8.0 39% .271 1.32 4.34 3.67 94 4.01 85.4 1.4
2009 SEA MLB 15 15 83.0 5 3 0 65 34 90 8 97 7.0 3.7 0.9 9.8 45% .269 1.19 3.59 2.82 80 2.90 62.2 2.5
2011 BOS 0 8 8 38.0 1 2 0 41 18 38 3 113 9.7 4.3 0.7 9.0 43% .349 1.55 3.50 4.03 92 3.79 88.0 0.6
2011 SEA 0 16 16 91.3 4 7 0 77 30 87 11 93 7.6 3.0 1.1 8.6 42% .270 1.17 3.73 3.45 88 3.71 86.2 1.5
2012 PIT MLB 24 24 125.7 7 14 0 129 56 118 14 97 9.2 4.0 1.0 8.5 46% .314 1.47 4.11 5.01 99 3.90 89.5 1.9
2013 HOU MLB 32 26 151.0 4 12 1 149 75 138 18 100 8.9 4.5 1.1 8.2 39% .308 1.48 4.40 4.59 123 5.84 139.8 -1.7
2014 TBA MLB 17 15 75.7 4 6 0 84 29 64 10 96 10.0 3.4 1.2 7.6 36% .312 1.49 4.41 4.76 122 6.06 148.6 -1.2
2011 TOT MLB 24 24 129.3 5 9 0 118 48 125 14 99 8.2 3.3 1.0 8.7 42% .295 1.28 3.67 3.62 89 3.73 86.7 2.0
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Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2000 DEL A SAL 29 22 111.0 9 4 2 98 35 131 2 7.9 2.8 0.2 10.6 0% -.571 1.20 2.31 3.57 0 0.00 0.0
2001 FRD A+ CRL 17 17 96.3 9 2 0 68 26 130 4 6.4 2.4 0.4 12.1 0% -.400 0.98 1.89 2.15 0 0.00 0.0
2001 PES Wnt AFL 10 3 27.0 1 2 0 26 11 27 2 8.7 3.7 0.7 9.0 0% -.600 1.37 4.52 3.67 0 0.00 0.0
2002 BAL MLB AL 2 0 0.7 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 93 27.0 0.0 0.0 13.5 0% .667 3.00 0.05 13.50 125 8.14 174.7
2002 BOW AA EAS 13 12 68.7 6 3 0 43 30 66 0 5.6 3.9 0.0 8.6 0% .235 1.06 2.70 1.97 0 0.00 0.0
2003 ABE A- NYP 2 2 7.7 0 0 0 7 1 13 0 8.2 1.2 0.0 15.2 0% .412 1.04 0.26 2.34 0 0.00 0.0
2003 FRD A+ CRL 1 1 3.7 0 1 0 5 1 2 1 12.2 2.4 2.4 4.9 0% .333 1.62 6.36 7.30 0 0.00 0.0
2004 BAL MLB AL 27 26 137.3 6 10 0 149 71 121 13 104 9.8 4.7 0.9 7.9 38% .323 1.60 4.32 4.59 107 5.32 109.8
2004 OTT AAA INT 2 2 5.0 0 1 0 8 3 3 1 14.4 5.4 1.8 5.4 0% .368 2.20 6.45 7.20 0 0.00 0.0
2005 BAL MLB AL 24 24 141.7 6 8 0 139 57 125 10 101 8.8 3.6 0.6 7.9 41% .315 1.38 3.51 4.00 92 3.68 79.1
2005 DEL A SAL 1 1 5.0 1 0 0 3 1 9 0 100 5.4 1.8 0.0 16.2 63% .375 0.80 0.32 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2005 BOW AA EAS 1 1 2.0 0 1 0 2 1 4 0 84 9.0 4.5 0.0 18.0 25% .500 1.50 0.65 9.00 0 0.00 0.0
2006 BAL MLB AL 33 33 196.3 15 11 0 196 69 171 16 109 9.0 3.2 0.7 7.8 50% .309 1.35 3.63 3.76 89 3.73 76.0
2006 CDA wor WBC 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 2 2 6 0 4.5 4.5 0.0 13.5 0% .286 1.00 2.26 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2007 BAL MLB AL 28 28 182.0 13 5 0 141 57 221 19 100 7.0 2.8 0.9 10.9 50% .283 1.09 3.25 3.16 62 2.23 46.2
2008 SEA MLB AL 15 15 81.0 6 4 0 70 37 72 9 97 7.8 4.1 1.0 8.0 39% .271 1.32 4.34 3.67 94 4.01 85.4
2009 SEA MLB AL 15 15 83.0 5 3 0 65 34 90 8 97 7.0 3.7 0.9 9.8 45% .269 1.19 3.59 2.82 80 2.90 62.2
2010 TAC AAA PCL 1 1 4.3 0 0 0 3 3 3 0 85 6.3 6.3 0.0 6.3 54% .231 1.40 4.27 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2010 MRN Rk AZL 2 2 6.7 0 0 0 7 0 11 0 91 9.4 0.0 0.0 14.8 71% .412 1.04 0.96 2.69 0 0.00 0.0
2011 BOS MLB AL 8 8 38.0 1 2 0 41 18 38 3 113 9.7 4.3 0.7 9.0 43% .349 1.55 3.50 4.03 92 3.79 88.0
2011 SEA MLB AL 16 16 91.3 4 7 0 77 30 87 11 93 7.6 3.0 1.1 8.6 42% .270 1.17 3.73 3.45 88 3.71 86.2
2012 PIT MLB NL 24 24 125.7 7 14 0 129 56 118 14 97 9.2 4.0 1.0 8.5 46% .314 1.47 4.11 5.01 99 3.90 89.5
2013 HOU MLB AL 32 26 151.0 4 12 1 149 75 138 18 100 8.9 4.5 1.1 8.2 39% .308 1.48 4.40 4.59 123 5.84 139.8
2014 TBA MLB AL 17 15 75.7 4 6 0 84 29 64 10 96 10.0 3.4 1.2 7.6 36% .312 1.49 4.41 4.76 122 6.06 148.6
2014 DUR AAA INT 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 2 1 5 0 106 4.5 2.3 0.0 11.3 63% .250 0.75 2.34 2.25 57 1.89 40.4
2015 RCU A+ CAL 3 3 14.3 1 1 0 16 1 7 2 103 10.0 0.6 1.3 4.4 50% .280 1.19 4.82 5.02 118 6.98 157.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 1340 0.5343 0.4306 0.7799 0.5754 0.2644 0.8398 0.6303 0.2201
2009 1346 0.5282 0.4316 0.7900 0.5612 0.2866 0.8396 0.6813 0.2100
2011 2234 0.5121 0.4458 0.8022 0.5909 0.2936 0.8565 0.6875 0.1978
2012 2119 0.5158 0.4257 0.7849 0.5590 0.2836 0.8543 0.6392 0.2151
2013 2676 0.5049 0.4294 0.7824 0.6092 0.2460 0.8299 0.6626 0.2176
2014 1397 0.5054 0.4238 0.7973 0.5836 0.2605 0.8689 0.6333 0.2027
Career111120.51490.43170.78930.58280.27170.84720.65780.2107

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-11 2014-05-15 DTD 4 4 - Chest Soreness Pectoral - -
2013-03-01 2013-03-13 Camp 12 0 - Hip Strain Gluteal Muscles - -
2012-05-10 2012-05-16 DTD 6 6 - Back Spasms - -
2011-09-04 2011-09-20 DTD 16 16 Left Knee Soreness Back of Knee -
2011-08-27 2011-08-27 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Soreness - -
2011-06-28 2011-07-29 15-DL 31 25 Left Knee Sprain -
2010-08-06 2010-08-06 On-Alr 0 0 Left Shoulder Surgery Bone Spurs 2010-08-06
2010-03-26 2010-10-04 60-DL 192 162 Left Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Labrum and Inflamed Bursa 2009-08-14
2010-02-15 2010-03-26 Camp 39 0 Left Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Labrum and Inflamed Bursa 2009-08-14
2009-07-26 2009-10-05 60-DL 71 65 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum and Inflamed Bursa 2009-08-14 -
2009-06-08 2009-07-07 15-DL 29 25 Left Shoulder Inflammation -
2009-05-11 2009-05-21 DTD 10 9 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-03-06 2009-03-16 Camp 10 0 Right Hip Strain Gluteal Muscles -
2008-07-05 2008-09-29 60-DL 86 76 Left Shoulder Surgery Debridement of Labrum and Removal of Cyst 2008-09-26
2008-06-21 2008-06-29 DTD 8 7 Low Back Soreness -
2008-04-09 2008-04-26 15-DL 17 16 Left Hip Inflammation -
2008-04-01 2008-04-08 DTD 7 6 Left Hip Inflammation -
2007-08-27 2007-10-01 60-DL 35 33 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2007-07-18 2007-07-20 DTD 2 1 Neck Stiffness -
2007-06-21 2007-06-21 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2006-07-18 2006-07-23 DTD 5 4 General Medical Illness Food Poisoning -
2005-05-22 2005-07-18 15-DL 57 49 Left Knee Sprain MCL -
2003-03-29 2003-09-29 60-DL 184 163 Left Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2002-09-10
2002-07-01 2002-09-15 Minors 76 0 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2002-09-10

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 LAN $
2014 TBA $
2013 HOU $1,150,000
2012 PIT $4,500,000
2011 SEA $1,000,000
2010 SEA $1,500,000
2009 SEA $7,750,000
2008 SEA $7,000,000
2007 BAL $3,400,000
2006 BAL $1,400,000
2005 BAL $330,000
2003 SEA $300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$28,330,000
10 yrTotal$28,330,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 87 dMark Pieper1 year (2015)

Details
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/15/15 (minor-league contract). Retired 6/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 2/14/14 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.15M signing bonus. May earn additional $1.625M in performance bonuses. May opt out of contract 3/23/14 if not on Major League roster. Released by Tampa Bay 3/25/14. Re-signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 3/27/14 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Tampa Bay 4/13/14. DFA by Tampa Bay 7/28/14. Released 8/3/14.
  • 1 year/$1.15M (2013). Signed by Houston as a free agent 1/21/13 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Houston 3/13.
  • 1 year/$4.5M (2012). Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 12/7/11. $0.5M in performance bonuses. Released by Pittsburgh 8/28/12.
  • 1 year/$1M (2011). Re-signed by Seattle as a free agent 12/4/10 (non-guaranteed). $6.35M in performance bonuses. Acquired by Boston in trade from Seattle 7/31/11.
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2010), plus 2011 option. Re-signed by Seattle as a free agent 2/6/10. 10:$1.5M, 11: $8M club option ($0.25M buyout) (if club exercises, Bedard may void and forfeit buyout). $1M in roster bonuses: $0.25M each for 65, 90, 120, 150 days active. $6M in performance bonuses: $0.5M each for 14, 17, 20, 23, 26 starts. $0.5M for 75 IP. $0.6M each for 100, 125, 150, 175, 200 IP. 2011 option may increase based on 2010 performance. Seattle declined 2011 option 11/3/10.
  • 1 year/$7.75M (2009). Re-signed by Seattle 1/20/09 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $75,000 for 150 IP, $0.1M for 165 IP, $0.15M for 180 IP, $0.125M for 195 IP, $0.15M for 205 IP. Award bonus: $50,000 for All Star ($25,000 for selection).
  • 1 year/$7M (2008). Acquired by Seattle in trade from Baltimore 2/8/08. Signed by Seattle 2/15/08 (avoided arbitration, $8M-$6M).
  • 1 year/$3.4M (2007). Re-signed by Baltimore 2/07 (avoided arbitration, $4M-$2.7M). Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 175, 185, 195 & 200 IP.
  • 1 year/$1.4M (2006). Re-signed by Baltimore 1/06 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses based on IP, games started.
  • 1 year/$0.33M (2005). Re-signed 3/05.
  • 1 year (2004). Re-signed 2/04.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003). Re-signed 2/03.
  • Drafted by Baltimore 1999 (6-187) (Norwalk CC, Conn.). $80,000 signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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YearComment
2015 Erik Bedard has thrown nearly 500 above-replacement innings after labrum surgery, a testament to medicine and to him; he can probably keep filling the "hold down a starting spot until a better option becomes available" role as long as he feels like it.
2014 Bedard was an effective starting pitcher in 2013, except when he wasn’t. Unfortunately, that was often: He failed to make it through five innings in eight of his 26 starts. One particular start against Oakland badly skewed his stats, as he allowed six earned runs and recorded just a single out. So while he pitched better than his record, the ravages of age have taken their toll on his stuff. This showed in the component numbers: His walks were up and his strikeouts were down over the previous season—you know, the year he got released by the Pirates?—but at least Bedard can hang his hat on his first 150-inning season since his 2007 heyday.
2013 Pittsburgh’s decision to sign Bedard to a one-year deal looked smart for a while. Through his first six starts, he had a 2.65 ERA and 23 more strikeouts than walks. He left his seventh start with back spasms, returned a week later, and saw everything fall apart. In Bedard’s final 17 starts, he allowed more than six runs per nine innings. Pittsburgh decided to move on at the end of August.
2012 Bedard’s knee, not his shoulder, gave him trouble in 2011. He still mustered 129 innings—129 more than he did in 2010—and showed that his fastball-curveball combination can work, provided that he has his good command. The Pirates signed Bedard with the hope that he can be the legitimate strikeout artist lacking from their rotation since Oliver Perez. A move to the National League for the first time in his career should help. But this is Bedard, so like always, health will be the determinant.
2011 The good-when-healthy act that characterized Bedard’s first two tours of duty in the Pacific Northwest raised hopes for his third installment, but the Canadian couldn’t complete the trilogy in 2010, as the “when healthy” portion of his season-long sojourn on the 60-day DL comprised all of three minor-league rehab starts in late June and early July. The lefty’s shoulder pain recurred just as he stood poised to make his major-league debut, and after soliciting three opinions in a vain attempt to find a doctor who would give him good news, he extended his streak of consecutive seasons with a shoulder surgery to three in early August. The latest operation turned up only a bone spur, a far less serious finding than the torn labrum that had sent him under the knife a year earlier, and Bedard insists that he’ll be ready to take the mound in spring training. If you believe that, his agent has an incentive-laden contract to sell you.
2010 Before re-injuring himself last summer, Bedard had at least improved his strikeout rate nearly all the way back up to where it was in 2007. No one doubts his talent, but a torn labrum is a tough injury to come back from. He probably won't be ready for Opening Day, and the team that signs him will tacitly take on a big risk, both to the good and the bad. In mint condition, Bedard is one of the better pitchers in the game, but it's not clear if that version of the southpaw still exists, and nobody's going to repeat a Bavasi-big mistake in offering the sun, moon, and stars to land the lefty. Handled carefully, he could be the perfect add-on for a contending team that doesn't need him immediately, especially if he'll agree to an incentive-laden deal.
2009 Bedard didn't pitch nearly often or effectively enough last season to justify the Mariners' decision to part with a substantial package of young talent in order to acquire him. He was plagued by a sore shoulder, which ended his season after an outing on July 4th, and averaged just over five innings per start. When he was on the mound, Bedard was Seattle's second-best starter by a wide margin, but his peripherals paled in comparison to those of his 2007 campaign, when he recorded one of the best strikeout rates in AL history. His durability and willingness to pitch through minor pain and fatigue have been questioned throughout his career, and drew added scrutiny after exploratory surgery on his shoulder last September revealed only minor structural damage.
2008 Bedard missed all of September with a strained oblique muscle. In the great "what-if" game, we're talking about five starts, maybe six, which could have bumped Bedard's season totals up to, say, a 15-6 record and a majors-leading 260 strikeouts, still not quite enough to pry the Cy Young award away from C.C. Sabathia. The only reason not to think of Bedard as a favorite for the 2008 Cy Young is the lack of support he's likely to get from the Orioles. Amazingly, he's been mentioned in trade talks; it should take a truly extraordinary package of players to get him.
2007 Bedard is one of the best pitchers in the majors right now. In terms of rate stats, he basically repeated his very good 2005 last year, but what made 2006 even better was that he stayed healthy, throwing more than 150 innings for the first time in his professional career. Staying healthy is a skill; now that Bedard has done it once, the chances of his doing it again are better. Even so, the odds still favor more injury time. Another encouraging sign was that Bedard got better as the season went on, perhaps having shaken off some World Baseball Classic fatigue.
2006 Bedard was on his way to a spectacular season when he sprained his knee in May. What was supposed to be a minimal 15-day stay on the DL dragged on for eight weeks. Somewhere in there, Bedard lost his release point and never recovered it. Following his return, his walk rate more than doubled, his hit rate jumped, and things just kept getting worse the longer the season went on. His stuff is undeniably good, but his control and his inability to stay healthy have held him back.
2005 Judging solely by how he'd pitched before, 2004 wasn't so good for Bedard: He was far more hittable and wilder than normal, and consequently gave up a lot more runs. Considering that it was his first active duty since having Tommy John surgery, and that he was able to strike opposing batters out at an above-average rate, the results were actually pretty decent. Durability is still a big concern—last year's 137 innings is his professional best for a season—and he needs control to be the great pitcher that's within his realm of the possible. The Orioles did a good job of protecting him from over work, but it will be interesting to see if they let him work deeper into games this season.
2004 Bedard had Tommy John surgery in September of 2002, and was able to rehab and get in a few minor league starts just before the season ended. His rehab apparently went well: His fastball was reportedly back its to full 92-93-mph speed, and he was surprised to find that he still had a feel for his curveball-a good thing, because it was his best pitch. While he's been an outstanding pitcher throughout his pro career, he's been exceptionally dominant against left-handed hitters. In a couple of years, the O's could have a mighty interesting core of young starters between Ainsworth, Batista, Bedard, and Riley.
2003 Oriole medicine, part 2 (see David Segui for part 1). Bedard was, without a doubt, the best pitcher in the Oriole system at the start of 2002: left-handed, with an above-average fastball, a better curve, totally and completely unhittable by left-handed hitters (who were 2–37 against him in 2002). So the Orioles bring him to major league camp, and leave him there until mid-March, at which point he’s thrown just 11 competitive innings. He starts the season on a 50-pitch limit, 25 behind the other Bowie starters. But no problem, he is just as dominating as ever, and even gets a quick little call-up to Baltimore. Still, he’s tearing up the league, up until June 26. On that day, throwing a two-hitter, he went out for the eighth inning, even though he had already reached his pitch count. The manager thought it was just so much fun, and then pop goes the elbow. The MRI showed that he had a partially torn ligament. The Orioles’ medical staff prescribed rest, hoping that the tear would heal on its own. Six weeks later, without taking another MRI to see if it had healed at all, they had Bedard resume throwing. The very next day, the pain was back, and Bedard was heading for surgery. He won’t pitch in 2003; he’s unlikely to be effective until the second half of 2004, if then. As you can see, that’s a shame.
2002 A big-time prospect whose name people don't yet know, Bedard came from a Canadian high school with no baseball team. He then had to walk on to a community college team, so he is quite inexperienced for his age. He allowed just 27 runs in 17 starts, with 13 of those runs coming in back-to-back disasters. His pitches have a lot of movement, breaking in on and destroying left-handed hitters. He missed six weeks with tendinitis, then pitched well at Frederick and in the Arizona Fall League.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)I'd love some help prioritizing some available Al SPs for the rest of the year: Phil Hughes, Alexi Ogando, John Danks, Dan Straily, RHernandez, and Erik Bedard. Thanks!!!!!
(Frank Finley from Jasper)
Heya Frank.

Think I'll go Ogando, Straily, Bedard, Danks, Roberto Hernandez and Phil Hughes. With a group like this, you're looking for upside and Ogando and Straily probably have the most upside of the group. Bedard has some upside but runs into problems with high pitch counts; if you're in a wins league, that's a problem. Danks is meh even for onlies, and I'm not a fan of Hernandez or Hughes. Both are risks even in only. (Mike Gianella)
2012-01-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which pitchers stand out as personal favorites that never panned out like you thought they would?
(PepeShady from St Paul)
Bret Saberhagen. Kevin Appier. I was sure both of them would be Hall of Famers. Though if Jack Morris gets in, I may start pushing their candidacies a little harder. Apparently you never know. They can get back on the ballot, right?

More recently, I had high hopes for Brett Anderson. I guess he may yet fulfill those. Erik Bedard...I sense a theme. I've been a big Gavin Floyd fan for a while, and though he's been good, he's never broken through to great. On a much lower tier, Chad Gaudin. (Mike Fast)
2011-06-29 13:30:00 (link to chat)What can the Mariners get for Erik Bedard? They're better off trading him, right?
(Bob from Seattle)
I would think they would be able to get a decent prospect for him but they are in a tricky spot. Do they trade him and raise the white flag in a winnable division or do they trade him and still try to contend at the same time? That's a tough call. (John Perrotto)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will the Pirates go after a Lance Bergman or Jorge Cantu type at 1B, hoping for a rebound season? And same for SP's (say maybe a Javy Vasquez, Millwood , Chris Young, etc)?
(sweet lou from Pitt)
Their priority is starting pitching and I can see them going after a couple of free agents who are coming off tough or injury-plauged seasons who would be looking more for a chance to pitch every five days than being on a contender. The three you mention fit that description and I wouldn't discount someone like Brad Penny or Erik Bedard, too. (John Perrotto)
2009-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thank you for the chat. Do you think Erik Bedard will make a close to full recovery and be effective for a few more years? Any other pitchers who have made it back from a torn labrum in their pitching shoulder?
(Sumi from Monterey Park)
Very few and most are extreme examples like Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling. I don't have a lot of hope for a Bedard return, but if I was his agent, I'd get him to Dave Duncan no matter what. (Will Carroll)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's a reasonable expectation for Erik Bedard in 2010, given his health?
(Todd from Wasilla, AL)
As propositions go, that's a strange way to ask about Bedard. *If* he were healthy, he'd be a swell pitcher to have, but "if" is a powerful word. If I were fabulously wealthy, I'd take vacations more often than once a decade, for example. Bedard's going to get a better deal than, say, Carl Pavano did last winter, but a heavily incentivized contract makes sense, because if Bedard's healthy, then he'd be good enough to be an important part of a contending team's front three. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thank you for the chat, Marc. Who do you think is the better risk for the next three years, Erik Bedard and his torn labrum or Daisuke and his general ineffectiveness? And do you like Cueto or Volstad better going forward?
(Dennis from California)
It's tough to tell with Daisuke. His problem is an easy one to fix in the sense that you can diagnose it and tell him what he needs to change, but whether or not he does that is the issue at hand. He has so much talent--more than Bedard, I think--but it means nothing if he's going to be this ineffective with his use of that talent.

Labrum injuries are tough to come back from, but it's doable. This is a real good question, and I'm having a hard time choosing between the two. As for Cueto vs. Volstad, they both have homer issues, but Volstad is more of a groundball oriented guy. I think there's a better chance he gets over them. Cueto's the flashier (read: strikeout) option though. (Marc Normandin)
2009-06-05 15:30:00 (link to chat)Do you live in fear knowing that it's only a matter of time before Ruben Amaro trades me half the farm system for Erik Bedard?
(Jack from Seattle)
The Phillies have about a 2-year window of really being solid competitors for a postseason slot and potentially the World Series. They definitely need another solid starting pitcher with the question marks surrounding Jamie Moyer. Blanton has been more effective recently, Hamels is back, and JA Happ looks like the real deal as a back of the rotation pitcher as well. But for a potential playoff team, do you really want to rely on Antonio Bastardo, a prospect that some Phillies fans didn't even know about? I would certainly be in favor of unloading key prospects to get someone to solidify their rotation. Ideally that someone would be Roy Oswalt or Jake Peavy, but if it's Bedard for half of a season in exchange for roadblocked prospects, so be it. (Eric Seidman)
2009-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Will, The Mariners reported that Erik Bedard has been scratched from his next start with a hamstring problem. Is this somehow related to weakness in his arm, a random pitcher injury, or an example of an injury prone pitcher getting hurt?
(Nick from Portland)
Working on this one, but early word is random with a touch of prone. (Will Carroll)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Why does it seem like everyone has forgotten that Felix Hernandez exists?
(Joel from GA)
Who?

OK, I'm kidding, of course. It's a fair complaint, but I think much of the problem is the enthusiasm for novelty. In Mariners history, it's novel to see Erik Bedard doing the things that were expected of him, and it's also exciting to see Jarrod Washburn keep on keeping on as far as perpetuating last year's second-half success. And serene above all that is King Felix, ascending as expected--damnably tedious as story lines go. Maybe he needs silly facial hair. Or to hire Turk Wendell to coach him on endearing, contrived nervous tics. Or to be found eating kittens. I don't know, but at this rate, merely growing up to be every bit as excellent as expected is the sort of thing that just isn't seen as "news" in some circles. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-12-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on the return of Erik Bedard? What are our chances of seeing a dominant Felix/Bedard combo in the next 2-3 years?
(Nick from Portland)
Zero. Maybe Hernandez/Strasbourg. (Will Carroll)
2008-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who will be better next year: Erik Bedard or Yovani Gallardo?
(abernethyj from Chapel Hill, NC)
I'll take Gallardo in that challenge, but that's also me being the fangirl of the latest flavor. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-30 12:30:00 (link to chat)Have the Erik Bedard trade talks basically ceased?
(Tim from Sonoma, CA)
Yes, he's hurt and no one is going to take a chance on him in a pennant race. The Mariners will try VERY hard to trade him this winter. (John Perrotto)
2008-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Here's a fantasy question for you if you're interested. I'd much appreciate it. Someone in my league just traded Ryan Howard, Justin Verlander, Josh Beckett, Curtis Granderson and Manny Ramirez for Cliff Lee, Ervin Santana, Carlos Gomez, Torii Hunter, Erik Bedard and Garrett Atkins. A lot of people are screaming veto, and I have to agree. The trade doesn't have any 'needs-based' or 'long-term' mitigating factors, either. As an important aside, the team getting the first set of players is in third while the other guy is near the bottom. Would you exercise a veto on this deal? Thanks!
(havens from bristol, CT)
Are we assuming good faith in this deal? Often a league has someone in it who is the Randy Smith of fantasy GMs and just gets suckered by everybody. I think that guy is fair game -- if he wears diapers, he shouldn't have been allowed in the league in the first place. I'm not for exercising the veto except in really apparent cases of dumping... You know, there was a parallel case in actual baseball, where for awhile Bowie Kuhn was negating trades just because he didn't like the players involved. He was actually sitting there and passing judgment on what the GMs were doing. Imagine if Bud Selig came in and said "Mets, you're overpaying for Johan Santana. No deal." That kind of thing was happening, and the more obvious opposite case as well, where he would have said, "Twins, Carlos Gomez isn't good enough. You need to hold out for a better position player or no deal." Like much of Kuhn's reign it was pathetic and unintentionally comical. (Steven Goldman)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)If the Mariners wake up, which team is most likely to benefit from the fire sales (outside of the Ms themselves). Thanks!
(Tony from Brooklyn, NY)
Well, there are a lot of contenders who can use a startig pitcher and the Mariners seem willing to move Erik Bedard, Jarrod Washburn and Miguel Batista. The Cubs really seem to want Bedard, so I'll say they would benefit the most _ if Bedard gets back on track. (John Perrotto)
2008-05-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, thanks for the chat. What do you think about the rumors that Griffey will be dealt back to the Mariners, or that they'll possibly try and land Adam Dunn? Does Triunfel's recent suspension lead them to dangle his name to get someone like Dunn?
(Paul from Tacoma)
Sticking with the Mariners, the Griffey idea is a silly one. Junior's not hitting (.250/.335/.369) and not worth the prospects, particularly in a system that already traded its best/readiest one for Erik Bedard. Balantien's only hitting .219/.265/.453, but he's got four homers, while the rest of the team has just nine since his recall.

I could maybe see going after Dunn because he's a much better hitter at this stage, but he's a big guy with old player skills, which kind of scares me when it comes to a contract renewal and probably isn't worth the price of just a rental.

The bottom line is that the Mariners are 18-27 and going nowhere fast. I don't think adding one hitter is going to change things, particularly at the price either of those two hitters is likely to command. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-02-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank and comment on the follow AL Starters. Rich Harden, Shaun Marcum, Phil Hughes, Erik Bedard, John Lackey.
(Bittorrentluvr from Music Theft, IA)
Ok, so you want to roll a whole bunch of information into a single axis, huh? Fair enough. I'll spare you the 4 paragraphs of equivocation...

Lackey
Bedard
Hughes
Marcum
Harden

With the difference between Marcum and Hughes not being particularly large. Of course, move Harden's E(Starts) from eight to thirty, and things change. (Gary Huckabay)
2008-01-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)From an Orioles point of view, what's not to like about the rumored trade with Seattle? Baltimore will not compete in 2008 nor 2009 and the team probably can't sign Erik Bedard to an extension anyway. Kevin Goldstein is very high on Adam Jones and Chris Tillman. Tony Butler and Kam Mickolio could become very helpful major leaguers. I do not get the George Sherrill-part of the trade, but maybe the O's are going to trade him right away (to the Braves for Brent Lillibridge?). All in all, it looks like a very good deal for the Orioles.
(bo9anderson from Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Don't misunderstand me - it's a good deal for Baltimore, absolutely. I just don't know what you do with Sherrill. If you're going to rebuild, rebuild. The problem for Baltimore is that rebuilding requires a full commitment, and this team can't commit to *anything* in full so long as Peter Angelos is running the show. (Rany Jazayerli)
2008-01-25 13:30:00 (link to chat)How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Followup question: Would you rather have Rich Hill for the next four years, or Erik Bedard for the next two?
(Rob from Bloomington, IL)
Depends on what else you have and at what part of cycle your team is on, but generally speaking I'd take Hill for 4. (Dan Fox)
2008-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Russell Martin > Erik Bedard?
(DK from NYC)
Good point but good-hitting catchers are hard to find, so I give Martin a slight edge over Bedard. (John Perrotto)
2008-01-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)If the deal goes through as rumored, how valuable is the package that the M's are giving up for Erik Bedard (Adam Jones, Chris Tillman, and Carlos Triunfel)? Biggest talent haul since the Colon trade?
(MarinerDan from San Francisco)
It's a pretty huge trade, especially considering how high I am on Tillman and Triunfel. I think Jones for Bedard is a trade that is really interesting in a vacuum, the idea of ace pitcher against unrealized outfield phenom talent. But to add in a pitcher who I think might become a top 20 prospect next year, and a kid that really reached historic levels by hitting in High-A last year, this trade becomes lopsided quickly. Like Dave said at USSM, it's the wrong way to get to the right goal. (Bryan Smith)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)how good is Adam Jones going to be and would you trade that promise for Erik Bedard today?
(Timmy Lupus from seattle)
Who can resist a Bad News Bears reference? Anyway, the answer is "very," and no, I wouldn't. I bash on Bill Bavasi a lot, but this is one non-decision I'm glad to see him hold to. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Orioles trade bedard for A. Jones, J. Clement and another solid prospect?
(Jay from Madison)
You could have stopped that sentence after the word "Jones." Erik Bedard's next 400 innings will mean nothing to them. If you can get Jones, it's worth making that deal. Everything else is gravy, and I say that as someone who isn't the world's biggest Adam Jones fan. The O's simply have no talent like him, save Weiters. (Joe Sheehan)


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