Originally Posted by Benihana
You absolutely have to make this deal if you're the Reds. Look at it this way- what would you trade for another Harang? Bedard is that, and perhaps even more. His numbers from last year are better than Harang's across the board, especially when you factor in he did it in the AL East, which as we saw out of Arroyo, means he's due for a big bump in numbers once he comes over here. Furthermore, he's left handed, which is something that is certainly lacking from this rotation.
The only thing that Fay fails to mention is that he will be a FA after 2009, and has indicated he will almost certainly test the market. While I would be much more comfortable if he signed a LTC, I still wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger. You can't play for 2010 at this point. Do what you can to improve the team for the next couple of years, and you still get to retain arguably the two or three biggest crown jewels of the system in Bruce, Cueto and either Votto or Hamilton. Not to mention, you hang onto the remainder of the major league core in guys like Dunn, Phillips, EdE, and Belisle (and of course Harang and Arroyo.) No question in my mind, get this done Wayne!
This team is an instant contender, and should be favored to make the playoffs for the next two years:
SP Harang R
SP Bedard L
SP Arroyo R
SP Belisle R
SP Maloney/Cueto ?
RP Coutlangous L
RP Bray L
RP Stanton R
RP Burton R
RP Weathers R
CL Cordero R
with Jay Bruce ready to step in when one of the OF goes down
Most would agree, but if Bailey/Cueto, Hamilton/Votto and any number of B prospects would have gotten the deal done, Bedard would already be in a Reds uniform though.
It would seem, at this point, you would have to include Bruce or at least three from among Bailey, Cueto, Hamilton, Votto, Phillips & Encarnacion to land 2yrs. of Bedard. I would not do it. It will be interesting to see what the price is as ST & the season near though and some of the other pitching dominoes start to fall.