Ever been served with legal papers? It’s not fun. Kind of throws you off your game for a while. Erik Bedard didn’t have a great game last night against the Orioles. I wonder if this had anything to do with it:
Hours before taking the mound for the reeling Red Sox against the Orioles Tuesday night at Fenway Park, pitcher Erik Bedard was served with papers in a child support case, The Post has learned. Bedard was served with papers from Massachusetts Probate and Family Court at Fenway Park at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
OK, fine, so he started out well enough and it’s highly probably that Josh Reddick’s error on the Vlad Guerrero liner that led to Bedard’s 51-pitch third inning was every bit as rattling as the legal documents. But I’m sure they didn’t help.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Giants have made first baseman Brandon Belt available in a trade and says that several teams have expressed interest in him.
Which is kind of weird, really.
Belt turns 31 early next season. He hit .253/.342/.414 with 14 homers over 112 games last year due to a knee injury and time lost to an appendectomy. He has a history of concussions and has averaged only 115 games over the last five seasons. Oh, and makes $48 million over the next three years.
Yes, he could be a very useful player if healthy, but taking on that kind of money, even a part of that money, when many very affordable first base/DH options are out there on the market makes little sense to me. Matt Adams. Justin Bour. Lucas Duda. As good as Belt? No, I don’t think so. But way cheaper and requiring less of a commitment.
But hey, rumors are rumors. Let a thousand flowers bloom.