I was more than a little surprised to hear the morning shows talking about a possible trade offer for Erik Bedard today, their source being the Metro. The commuter paper reports that Pat Gillick has offered Kyle Kendrick and Shane Victorino, plus two unnamed prospects, for Bedard, who was arguably the best starter in the AL last year despite playing for the Orioles and against division rivals like the Yankees and Red Sox.
I'd love to see Bedard pitch in Philly. He's a strikeout machine and a lefty, and his game is on the rise. Losing a starter plus potentially the starting CF would be tough, but the rotation would be sick. It'd be a total win if the Phils pulled it off, and re-signed Aaron Rowand. Nothing against Vic, we all loved him this season. But Bedard is a bona fide #1 now, and they're hard to come by.
This is all still very much a rumor among many at the Winter Meetings, with no confirmation from Gillick that we know of. As reader Carl P. puts it, "Once you hear about an offer, you can assume it's dead. If it had a real chance - it'd be done by now." Still, if you're a baseball fan, this is why you love the Winter Meetings...
UPDATE: Todd Zolecki confirms that this trade rumor is rubbish.