Chat or Chuck: Erik Bedard

He hasn’t been talked about much, but he’s out there. Remember a couple months ago when the Yankees were possibly going to trade for Bedard? Well, he’s now a free agent. The Yankees have starting pitching at the top of their wish list this offseason, or at least they should, and Bedard is an option.

Why Chat?:

  • He had a 2.82 ERA this season in 15 starts.
  • He is an overwhelming strikeout pitcher with a career 8.8 SO/9 ratio. He led the league with a 10.9 SO/9 ratio in 2007.
  • He is a type B free agent, so the Yankees wouldn’t need to give up yet another first round draft pick like they would if they signed a type A such as Lackey. Eventually, the Yankees are going to need to go for the prospects. Now may be the time.

Why Chuck?:

  • He is a bit injury prone, making only 30 starts in the past two seasons.
  • He walks a lot of people: 3.6 batters per nine innings.
  • He gives up more than eight hits per nine innings. He led the league in that category in 2007.
  • He has only pitched for Baltimore and Seattle and may not be able to handle a big, competitive city like New York.

Chat or Chuck?:
Chat.
Why not? Bedard is the best choice besides Lackey. If the Yankees get Lackey, it will come at a much higher price and they will need to give up another first round pick, which is starting to get on my nerves. In the end, Bedard is a very good pitcher. Hey, they almost traded for him on their run to a championship.

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