He’s no King Felix, but when Seattle Mariners starter Erik Bedard comes off the DL on Friday there will be a slew of scouts on hand to watch him pitch including one from the Yankees, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.
Bedard has been out since June 27 with a strained left knee, but when he’s been healthy this season he has been very good. In 15 starts he has a 3.00 ERA, a 8.5 K/9, a 2.6 BB/9, a 123 ERA+, and best of all he’s a lefty (would be very handy against Boston’s lefty heavy lineup).
If the Yankees can’t land Ubaldo Jimenez, or even if they can, Bedard may be the perfect fit for them. His injury history and his lack of a Type-A or B status as an impending free agent mean he won’t cost a lot. He’s also one of the rare starters on the market that is a clear upgrade over the pitchers currently in the Yankees rotation.