Lefty Eric Bedard is posting great numbers, but will the M's deal?
There’s a man in our newsroom called the news editor whose job is to ask one basic question over and over and over again: Is this newsworthy? Here, we ask a slightly different question: Will it spark intelligent debate? This third installment before game chat fails the first question, but passes the second, just like the first two posts of the day. Citing the always popular “someone familiar with the Phillies’ thinking,” SI.com and MLB Network contributor Jon Heyman reports the Phils are ‘a little leery’ of pursuing Seattle left-hander Eric Bedard. The lefty is 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA and 175 ERA+.
The information was part of a report on how pitching options appear to be drying up due to the health of guys like Jake Peavy, DL-bound Chris Young and Roy Halladay, and reluctance of teams like Cleveland to deal pitching, in their case, Cliff Lee. Heyman also links the Phils to Brad Penny, using the always-reliable phrase “believed to have checked in.” Our news editor would never go for that, but on Beerleaguer, it’s gold, Jerry, gold.