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Erik Bedard, finally a Mariner February 9, 2008

Posted by Brad in news, stats.
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The Ontarian has landed! A scant twelve days after Adam Jones was recalled from his Venezuelan winter ball team, he was dealt, along with every tall pitcher in the M’s farm system, for Erik Bedard, or, as wikipedia calls him, “Érik Bédard.”

USSMariner has been extremely opposed to this move since Jones flew over the Caribbean Sea, while Lookout Landing wanted this deal back in May 2007, and had several consecutive posts titled “Erik Bedard is Really Good.” We’ll get several years to figure out if Bedard-for-Jones-and-everyone-else was a good trade. What we need to know right now is how this will impact Yuniesky Betancourt immediately.

He’ll probably like the trade. With or without Jones, Raul Ibañez would still play left field this year, and not help Yuni too much on defense. On the flip side, Bedard will probably be a good pitcher for Yuniesky. Bedard is one of the best pitchers in baseball at throwing strikeouts or ground balls. He’s much more of a strikeout pitcher than ground ball machine, but his groundball/flyball ratio was almost 1.5 last year. That’ll give Rikimbili a lot of chances, which he hopefully won’t turn into 20+ errors again.

For everything else you want to know about Bedard, read Prospect Insider’s scouting report. The only thing left out is that Bedard’s name is pronounced “Bay der.” Aside from Chris Reitsma, he’s the only Canadian on the team, at least until Phillipe Aumont makes it to the big leagues.

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