8-10-2011: Bedard, Aviles and Fields
August 11, 2011 1 Comment
I’ve been away on vacation, so I just found out a few days ago about the deadline deals that were made. I was very pleased to see that we landed a starter with potential as well as a right-handed hitter off the bench.
SP Erik Bedard and OF Josh Fields for C Tim Federowicz, SP Stephen Fife, RP Juan Rodriguez, and Chih-Hsien Chiang
As I mentioned before, I thought the rotation was the area we needed to improve the most. It would have been ideal to land a quality pitcher without recurrent health issues, but those guys are simply not available unless you trade the farm for them. I was glad to see that we didn’t send any real top-tier talent anywhere in this deal. Other than that, Bedard is almost the ideal acquisition – an established (but not too old) AL pitcher who’s pitched extensively in the AL East, and he is a middle rotation guy who is capable of being much better than that at times. His contract is expiring, so the Sox have the option of re-signing him or possibly getting draft picks when he leaves. The only other thing he lacks besides health is playoff experience.
Josh Fields’ primary function is basically right-handed pop off the bench. He is also a warm body you can stick in the outfield corners. He provides some depth in case something happens to Darnell McDonald.
As far as those names who were shipped off, I don’t think the Sox will miss any of them, really. Federowicz has talent, but he is not going to compete with the other top catchers in our system. After a poor start, Fife started to build some value with a good year at AA Portland. Juan Rodriguez is a live arm putting up huge strikeout numbers in the SALLY League, but he’s already 22 and probably can’t sustain that at the higher levels. Chiang was moved to the outfield corner a couple of years ago and has put up two really good seasons at Portland; he could become a decent player.
UT Mike Aviles for SS Yamaico Navarro and P Kendal Volz
Aviles has flashed some potential in the past, and shown good pop for a middle infielder this year. He is a Major League-caliber hitter, which Navarro has pretty clearly shown he is not. Using only one roster spot, he serves as insurance for Jed Lowrie and Marco Scutaro, who have shown a penchant to miss time. He can also play third if Kevin Youkilis gets plunked, or Adrian Gonzalez gets a stiff neck.
Yams is a hard worker, and I’m really happy for him that he had a good season and some time in the bigs this year, but I just don’t see him sticking with this team, at least. Volz is a big righty who is putting up very good ratios at High-A, and he could still develop into a solid pitcher for the Royals. Good pickup for them.