Re: Fay's Sunday Column: Reds Must Get Big Time Pitcher
I think Fay often tells people what they want to hear. However I think there is truth to this. He states in the article that those within the organization say that talks are on-going and that even one member said that it is a 75% chance of happening. Bedard would be the type to go after. He is another guy who can give you right around 200 innings and strike out 200+. Bedard also finished his season (last 10 games) 7-1 w/ a 2.34 era 81K / 27BB. That is huge considering the Reds normally don't have anything to play for at the end of the year and someone like that could finally push this team over the hump and out of this rut.
Homer Bailey, Joey Votto or Josh Hamilton, and 3 prospects not named Cueto or Bruce (maybe Sam Lecure, Elizardo Ramirez, and mid level IF prospect) to Baltimore
Erik Bedard and Hayden Penn to Cincinnati
Reds still come away with Bruce, Cueto, Encarnacion, and Phillips and that is huge. Reds would have one of the best 1-2-3 rotation in the bigs and I have to disagree with Fay. I think the Reds would be favored over the Cubs if Bedard was to be dealt here.
Zambrano < Harang
Lilly < Bedard
Hill - Arroyo
Marquis - Belisle
Marshall/Prior > Cueto/Maloney/Gardner/Thompson
And offense leans in favor of the Reds who are led by Dunn, Junior, Phillips, Hamilton/Votto, Encarnacion, and perhaps Bruce (depending on if Hamilton is moved) to match up with the Cubs Ramirez, Lee, and Soriano.
This is something this team, organization, and fan base needs to save a organization and restore greatness to a storied club like the Reds. You seen how excited we all got when the Reds signed Cordero.. imagine if the Reds landed a starter at the stature of Erik Bedard..
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