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3 to Watch: The trade deadline edition

Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:26 am
Edited on: July 29, 2011 11:27 am
The starting pitching market is weak, so when news spread that Erik Bedard would come off the disabled list to start for the Mariners Friday night, scouts around baseball started calling their travel agents.

The Yankees and Red Sox are both expected to have scouts at Safeco Field to see Bedard. The Tigers will be there, too.

Scouts who saw Bedard before he got hurt reported that he looked close to his old self. He's been a successful pitcher when healthy, winning 15 games for the Orioles in 2006 and compiling a 3.64 ERA in 159 career games.

And he hasn't started more than 15 games in a season since 2007 (although Friday's start will be his 16th for the Mariners this year).

The good news on Bedard is that he was on the DL because of a knee problem, rather than an arm problem. Then again, Jarrod Washburn only had a leg problem when the Tigers acquired him from the Mariners in 2009, and he was a disaster in Detroit.

The Washburn experience makes the Tigers hesitant on Bedard, but with their desperation to find a starter and with the weak market, they'll have a scout there, anyway.

It should be quite a weekend around the big leagues, with the non-waiver trade deadline arriving at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.

On to 3 to Watch:

1. The Tigers will also have a scout watching Orioles at Yankees, Friday night (7:05 ET) at Yankee Stadium, with Jeremy Guthrie starting for the O's. Guthrie has long been on the Tigers' list of possible targets, but he has rarely pitched well with Tiger scouts in the house. The Orioles have also been asking a high price for Guthrie, but again, on this market, anything's possible. A.J. Burnett starts for the Yankees, who have also been out shopping for starting pitchers. The Yankees keep hoping that Burnett will look like a true No. 2 starter behind CC Sabathia, but they also keep watching Ubaldo Jimenez, who may be better.

2. Bedard is the main attraction in Rays at Mariners, Friday night (10:10 ET) at Safeco Field, but it's worth noting that Jeff Niemann starts for the Rays. The Rays have told teams that they won't move James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson or David Price, but Niemann and Wade Davis are much more available. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Rays offered Niemann to the Cardinals as part of a package for Colby Rasmus. The Tigers were offered Niemann, as well. They turned him down once, but they'll get another look when he faces Bedard.

3. Jimenez has always been the biggest name on this market. The Rockies claim that they will keep him if they don't get a great offer, but they would claim that no matter what, right? We'll see by Sunday, or maybe even by the time Jimenez is scheduled to start in Rockies at Padres, Saturday night (8:35 ET) at Petco Park. Aaron Harang, the scheduled starter for San Diego, is also available, and has been a possibility for the Tigers, Indians and others.


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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:19 pm

3 to Watch: The trade deadline edition

Harang never won a Cy Young.  In fact, he has only gotten votes in one season in his whole career and he finished 4th that year.

Comparing Harang, who is possibly pitching in the best pitchers park in the National League to Ubaldo is like comparing Casey Kotchman to Adrian Gonzalez .. sure Kotchman has a high batting average and a good glove, but he is not even in the same ballpark offensively.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2011 9:50 pm

3 to Watch: The trade deadline edition

Aaron Harang  is a former Cy young award winning pitcher and had regained a lot of his old form.  He can be gotten for a song and dance from the Padres compared to Ubaldo.  In fact the Padres have Ryan Ludwick and Heath Bell on the market that should be watched as well.

Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:12 pm

3 to Watch: The trade deadline edition

Here is a valid question, did the Yankees run out of Money? If they did not run out of money then the free agents must not be worth going after?  How about the Yankees are getting older and will in the end be paying for retired players.  What brought this Yankee rant on was seeing that the Cardinals could get Niemann.  I believe folks should watch this closely as Philly and the Giants are already on top with pitching and here comes the Cardinals too.  Why worry?  Because the National League has turned the corner and it will be a long time before New York has another parade in the Fall unless the hold the party in Nathaniel Square.

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