Erik Bedard, Endy Chavez, and Miguel Batista have all filed for free agency.
I don’t believe the Ms will try to retain Bedard’s services; I could be wrong here, but why risk another season of possible injury and the loss of his arm for a third year? It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. I understand that there are risks involved with just about any athlete, and that injury is a very real possibility even for the healthiest of guys, but sadly, Bedard has been off the mound in Seattle far more than on, and in my way of thinking, it’s just not worth it for the team. If he can find another place to play and an organization that is willing to take him on, then good on him; but I feel we’d be better off looking to an Erik-free future. I’m not happy about saying that, but in this case, it seems the most logical move.
If we’re keeping Jack Wilson and our current outfielding lineup, Endy is no longer necessary, either. I wish him luck. Batista has made no public mention of retirement, and he might make some nice National League team a good relief or setup guy, depending.
Now watch; knowing my luck, they’ll keep all three of them…