|Red Sox announce trade for Erik Bedard, Josh Fields||07.31.11 at 6:39 pm ET|
CHICAGO — The Red Sox announced the trade that has them sending four minor leaguers to the Mariners and Dodgers in exchange for left-handed starter Erik Bedard and right-handed minor league reliever Josh Fields. The press release is below.
Of note, the Sox moved Clay Buchholz from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list in order to clear a roster spot on the 40-man roster for Bedard. However, Buchholz — who is going to see a back specialist in Los Angeles on Monday — was not going to return from the DL before mid-August anyway, so the deal is purely procedural.
For analysis of the players involved — both those whom the Sox acquired as well as the prospects who were dealt — click here.
Here is the release:
The Boston Red Sox today acquired left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard and right-hander Josh Fields from the Seattle Mariners. The club first sent minor league right-handers Stephen Fife and Juan Rodriguez and catcher Tim Federowicz to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for outfielder Trayvon Robinson and then traded Robinson to Seattle with minor league outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang in exchange for Bedard and Fields. To make room for Bedard on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox transferred right-handed pitcher Clay Buchholz to the 60-day disabled list.
The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
Bedard, 32, is 4-7 with 3.45 ERA (35 ER/91.1 IP) and 87 strikeouts compared to 30 walks in 16 starts for the Mariners this season after missing the entire 2010 campaign due to a shoulder injury. The left-hander entered today with a 2.35 ERA (19 ER/72.2 IP) in his last 12 starts dating back to April 27, fourth among American Leaguers with at least 70.0 innings in that time. Since 2006, Bedard leads all American League hurlers (minimum 600.0 innings) with both a .231 opponent batting average (549-for-2,376) and a ratio of 9.10 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (641 K’s/633.2 IP) while ranking seventh among that group with a 3.41 ERA (240 ER). A native of Ontario, Canada, he owns a 3.69 ERA (374 ER/913.1 IP) in 160 career Major League games (157 starts) with the Orioles (2002-07) and Mariners (2008-11).
Fields, 25, was the Mariners first-round selection (20th overall) in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Georgia. The right-hander has combined to go 1-2 with three saves, a 3.92 ERA (17 ER/39.0 IP) and 39 strikeouts in 29 relief appearances between Seattle’s Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Tacoma clubs in 2011, holding opponents to a .200 average (28-for-140) between the two stops. In 81 games, all in relief, over his first three professional seasons, Fields is 4-5 with 10 saves and a 4.54 ERA (51 ER/101.0 IP) with 103 strikeouts.
The 24-year-old Fife leads the Eastern League with 11 wins (11-4) and owns a 3.66 ERA (42 ER/103.1 IP) with 70 strikeouts in 19 appearances (18 starts) for the Sea Dogs this season. Boston’s third-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, the right-hander owns a 23-16 record with two saves, a 3.94 ERA (160 ER/365.2 IP) and 279 strikeouts over 77 career minor league games, including 62 starts.
Rodriguez is 2-4 with a 5.19 ERA (34 ER/59.0 IP) and 88 strikeouts in 32 appearances this season, all in relief for Single-A Greenville. The 22-year-old ranks second among qualifying South Atlantic League relievers in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (13.42) in 2011 and went 5-1 with a 3.51 ERA (19 ER/48.2 IP) and 51 strikeouts in 12 outings (nine starts) for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox in 2010, his first season in the United States. He also previously spent the 2008 and 2009 campaigns in the Dominican Summer League after signing with the Red Sox as an international free agent on February 27, 2008.
Federowicz, 23, has hit .275 (92-for-335) with 20 doubles, seven home runs, 44 runs and 50 RBI in 89 games for Portland this season, including 63 games at catcher. He has thrown out 36.3 percent of attempted base stealers (29 of 80), third best among qualifying Eastern League backstops. Selected by the Red Sox in the seventh round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Federowicz is a career .275 hitter (352-for-1,282) with 92 doubles, one triple, 26 home runs and 184 RBI in 340 minor league games in the Red Sox system.
Chiang leads the Eastern League in batting average (.340, 109-for-321), RBI (76), doubles (37), extra-base hits (59), runs scored (68) and slugging percentage (.648) and has tallied four triples and 18 home runs in 88 games on the year with Double-A Portland. Signed by Boston as an international free agent on October 20, 2005, he has hit .284 (537-for-1,891) with 147 doubles, 17 triples, 51 homers and 299 RBI in 516 career minor league games since 2006.
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