cookman wrote:With Bavasi there, I really didn't see any way he was going to be traded. I just don't see a MLB GM admitting he f'ed up that bad that quickly. But now that he's gone and the Mariners are pretty hopeless, what do you think the chances are that Bedard goes?
On the one hand, they just traded for him over the off-season (and gave up a few pretty good young players). On the other hand, I've got to believe with the age of their team they're in selling mode, and outside of Ichiro and Felix (I would think both would be damn near untouchable), I don't see many other pieces on their team that anyone would want.
Any Seattle fans have any thoughts? His value would get a huge boost if he went to an NL contender (say, Cubs or Phils....).
Surprisingly someone on FSNW mentioned that the front office of the Ms would go "as far as" trading Ichiro. I believe it was more of an exaggeration of the lengths at which the new interim GM will go to "fix" or improve this team. With Bavasi out of the way, who knows which direction the ownership group/GM will go... Bavasi said that Pelekoudas, interim GM, was "ready to be a GM when I arrived here and he's a GM focused on the major league club" - where Bavasi claims he's a GM focused more on player development, which of course involves trading away top prospects.
Meh, the Bavasi [thank the baseball gods that he got fired] debate or discussion has it's place in another thread.
As for Bedard, being a Seattle native and fan, I think the trade is still "up-in-the-air" in terms of being good or bad. It's debatable. Seattle needed to improve on their SP and with this trade they did (Silva is a joke)... Bedard has had a rough start with a couple minor injuries and really horrible run support (yay richie sexon) and I highly doubt he will remain with the club after his contract expires. Unless of course there's trades made in other positions of FAs acquired that improve the clubs record now/next year - dramatically. :coughtradesexonheishorriblecough:
I hope Bedard stays for at least another year... If the Yanks or Phils, etc. come calling with a nice shiny offer, I'm sure that the Ms might bite. It would be a slap in the face to the organization but at this point, they need it.
No really, back on topic:
I'm holding on to Bedard.