The Seattle Mariners sent pitchers Erik Bedard and Josh Fields to the Boston Red Sox today in a three-team deal that brought them two young outfield bats - Boston's AA prospect Chich-Hsien Chiang and Dodgers AAA prospect Trayvon Robinson.
Chiang, 23, is batting .338 with 18 home runs and 76 RBI in 87 games with AA Portland in the Eastern League. Robinson, 23, is a switch-hitter with speed batting .293 with 26 home runs and 71 RBI in 100 games with AAA Albuquerque.
Both players will report to the Mariners minor league affiliates, Tacoma for Robinson, Jackson for Chiang.
"I hope our fans understand, we've given up two of our starting pitchers but gotten back six pieces in the past two days," Gm Jack Zduriencik said. "Our focus was to get offensive help."
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Zduriencik said the Mariners 17-game losing streak changed the teams trading deadline approach.
"We could have had two good months of Erik Bedard, or we could get talent we thought would be with us for years," Zduriencik said.
Bedard, 32, was 4-7 with a 3.65 earned run average this season and, in a career marred by three major surgeries, 15-14 with a 3.31 ERA in 46 starts for Seattle.
Fields, 25, was with Class AAA Tacoma when the trade was made, and was the Mariners first-round draft pick in 2008. He had never appeared in a big-league game.
The deal came together a day after Seattle traded pitchers Doug Fister and David Pauley to Detroit for outfielder Casper Wells, pitcher Charlie Furbush and two minor league prospects, one of them third baseman Francisco Martinez.