August 1, 2011

Sox acquire Bedard, raid Dogs

Three Sea Dogs are included in a three-team trade that sends pitcher Erik Bedard to Boston.

By STEVE CRAIG Special to the Press Herald

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Stephen Fife, who led the Sea Dogs with 11 wins this season, was one of four prospects traded by the Red Sox on Sunday for pitcher Erik Bedard.

2011 Press Herald file


The Red Sox, Mariners and Dodgers completed a three-way trade shortly before the deadline:

Red Sox get

Pitcher Erik Bedard (4-7, 3.45 ERA in 16 starts this season) from the Mariners

Pitcher Josh Fields (a 2008 first-round pick) from the Mariners)

Red Sox lose

Outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang (hitting .342 with the Sea Dogs) to the Mariners

Pitcher Stephen Fife (11-4, 3.66 ERA with Sea Dogs) to the Dodgers

Catcher Tim Federowicz (.279, 8 homers with Sea Dogs) to the Dodgers

Pitcher Juan Rodriguez (in Class A) to the Dodgers

"As my career has gone, it has just been to be a consistent player and to create value and try to get to the next level. So, I created some value that the Dodgers saw in me, and I'm excited to get an opportunity to play for them, and hopefully exceed their expectations and move up their system and play in L.A."

Boles said, "we've always talked about creating Major League value. We're excited. These guys have obviously impressed other organizations and it's a great opportunity. We're very excited for these guys. Obviously, we're going to miss them."

The three departures create significant holes in the Sea Dogs' lineup. With Federowicz gone, Portland currently has one catcher, Mark Wagner. In addition to his league-leading .340 average, Chiang was also first in the Eastern League in RBI (76), doubles (37), extra-base hits (59), slugging percentage (.648) and runs scored (68). He was tied for fifth with 18 home runs.

Chiang, 23, went 2 for 4 with a double Sunday as the designated hitter, extending his franchise record for doubles in a month to 16.

Fife has been the Sea Dogs' most consistent pitcher, logging 103 1/3 innings in 18 starts. He was 11-4 with a 3.66 ERA.

"Boston will take care of this," Boles said. "They will make sure we're in a good position and we're just excited for the opportunity for these guys. But, as far as the players that we have here right now, we have versatility, so we will definitely have coverage here."

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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