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Right at MLB’s trade deadline, the Boston Red Sox added another starting pitcher to their rotation by trading for lefty Erik Bedard. This trade comes less than a day after a deal to acquire for Oakland’s Rich Harden fell through.
Bedard just came off the diabled list (left knee sprain) this past Friday night and was promptly lit up for five earned runs in 1.1 innings in a loss to Tampa Bay. It was his first start since June 27th.
Bedard is a solid left-handed pitcher with decent strikeouts numbers. This season, he is 4-7 with a 3.45 ERA and 87 K’s in 91.1 IP. The biggest knock against Bedard is his injury history. He hasn’t played a full season since 2007 and 2011 marks the first time in three years where he’s started more than 15 games. It’s funny how the Sox didn’t want the oft-injured Rich Harden, but were willing to roll the dice on Bedard.