The Boston Red Sox have realized that the new market inefficiency is formerly broken starting pitching, so they attempted to acquire Rich Harden from the Oakland A's on Saturday. Medical reports indicated that a family of horseshoe bats was living inside Harden's shoulder, so the deal was cancelled. The Red Sox didn't stop, though, trading minor league catcher Tim Federowicz in a three-way, 45,303-player deal for Seattle Mariners left-hander Erik Bedard. If there is anything wrong with the particulars of this deal, it's Alex Speier's fault.
Bedard didn't pitch in 2010, and was limited to 15 starts in both 2008 and 2009. He's already started 16 games for the Mariners this year, and he was mostly effective, averaging a strikeout per inning with a 3.45 ERA in 91 innings. His addition will allow the Red Sox to be creative with John Lackey and Andrew Miller.
Federowicz goes to the Dodgers, where he will probably show up as a backup catcher at some point. The 23-year-old is hitting .275/.337/.397 in AA, though it's worth pointing out that the Eastern League is rough on hitters. The Dodgers will also receive 24-year-old minor league pitcher Stephen Fife and 22-year-old Juan Rodriguez from the Red Sox.
The Mariners will get two players. One will be 23-year-old outfielder Trayvon Robinson, who is hitting .293/.375/.563 in AAA, though it's worth pointing out that Albuquerque is the Coors Field of the Pacific Coast League, which is the Arena Footbal League of baseball, complete with nets behind the center-field fence and everything.
The other addition for the Mariners: Chih-Hsien Chiang, a 23-year-old outfielder who is having a breakout year in AA, hitting .338/.399/.647. He has Type 1 diabetes, and his breakout campaign might be related to his improved treatment of the disease. Maybe. I mean, I don't know. It's bad enough that I have to pretend I something about these prospects, much less that I'm a doctor.
Finally, the Red Sox will receive former first-round pick Josh Fields, who is a right-handed reliever, in which relief is defined as peptic discomfort.