Erik Bedard

Erik Bedard knocked around in audition for possible trade

1 Comment

We learned earlier this week that the Red Sox and Yankees were expected to have scouts in attendance for Erik Bedard’s first start back from the disabled list last night against the Rays. Well, let’s just say he didn’t help his trade value at all.

Bedard, who missed a month with a sprained left knee, was smoked for five runs over just 1 1/3 innings as part of an 8-0 loss. The southpaw threw just 28 out of 57 pitches for strikes while walking four and striking out two. He hadn’t allowed more than three runs in 12 consecutive outings prior to going on the disabled list, so we can probably chalk this up to rust. Still, pretty bad timing.

Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Mariners appeared to be waiting until after Friday’s start to advance talks with interested teams. While Friday’s results could very well hurt their negotiating position, it doesn’t necessarily mean that teams will drop out of the bidding. For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Jim Bowden reported early this morning that the Red Sox are still discussing a deal with Dodgers for Hiroki Kuroda, so they are busy evaluating the alternatives.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Boston’s interest in Hiroki Kuroda increased following Bedard’s shaky start last night.

Report: Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on Sonny Gray

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 06: Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum on August 6, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
Jason O. Watson/Getty Images
1 Comment

The Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Astros have added Charlie Morton this offseason, but the club has been trying to add a big-name starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel.

Gray, 27, was limited to 22 starts in the 2016 season due to a forearm issue. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he finished with a 5-11 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. Considering how Gray pitched in the previous three years, he’s a good bet to bounce back.

Gray is under team control through 2019, which is a big draw for the Astros. Needless to say, the Athletics would want a haul in terms of prospects. Gray will earn $3.575 million in 2017, having avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility.

President Obama Welcomes the Cubs to the White House

22 Comments

As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.

Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.

Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.