Erik Bedard’s return delayed, trade value damaged

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When the Mariners placed left-hander Erik Bedard on the 15-day disabled list near the end of June with a knee injury, they were optimistic that he would be able to return immediately following the All-Star break — in time to make two or three showcase starts before being shopped at the trade deadline.

As with most of Bedard’s injuries, it hasn’t gone nearly according to plan.

Gerry Spratt of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that the 32-year-old southpaw won’t return early next week against the Yankees, as previously hoped, and might only be able to make one appearance before the July 31 non-wavier deadline.

Bedard has been excellent this season, sporting a 3.00 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 85/26 K/BB ratio through 90 innings of work, and his current injury (a sprained knee) has nothing to do with his old chronic shoulder issues. But the perception that he’s prone to major physical ailments has not been swept under the rug and it’s likely that his delayed return from the disabled list will hurt his trade value later this month.

Reds sign outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera to minor league deals

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The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.

Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.

Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.