It was a trade that got little notice at the time. But two years later, the Dodgers are the clear winner of a three-team, six-player deadline deal that sent left-hander Erik Bedard from the Mariners to the Red Sox. The Dodgers’ three-player return included right-hander Stephen Fife and catcher Tim Federowicz, who formed the team’s battery Saturday against the Giants (minor league righty Juan Rodriguez was the third player in the trade). At the time, some criticized the Dodgers for sending outfielder Trayvon Robinson to the Mariners. Robinson, however, batted only .215 with a .602 in 319 plate appearances with the M’s before he was sent to the Orioles for infielder Robert Andino. Robinson is now back in Double A.
Problem is, the Phillies give no indication that they are willing to trade Lee, who signaled that the Cardinals appeal to him when he left them off his no-trade list, according to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. At the time, some criticized the Dodgers for sending outfielder Trayvon Robinson to the Mariners. Robinson, however, batted only .215 with a .602 in 319 plate appearances with the M’s before he was sent to the Orioles for infielder Robert Andino. Robinson is now back in Double A. The original Bedard trade, according to major league sources, was an outgrowth of the Red Sox’s failed attempt to acquire right-hander Hiroki Kuroda from the Dodgers. Kuroda refused to waive his no-trade clause, and on the day of the deadline, former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein called Dodgers GM Ned Colletti and said that he was trying to put together a three-way deal for Bedard but needed Robinson to make it happen. The Dodgers badly needed a catcher, and Federowicz had been part of the Kuroda discussions (the Sox were reluctant to part with Ryan Lavarnway, who had more offensive potential). Colletti also wanted two minor league pitchers, and Dodgers scout John Sanders recommended Fife, praising his competitiveness. Federowicz, a catch-and-throw specialist, has thrown out nine of 18 runners attempting to steal in 30 major league games. The Dodgers rushed him to the majors but believe he can develop into an everyday catcher. Fife, meanwhile, faced Roy Halladay, Matt Cain, Patrick Corbin, Adam Wainwright and Mat Latos in his first five major league starts last season — and posted a 2.70 ERA. This season, he has been about as good, producing a 2.76 ERA in eight starts. — Ken Rosenthal
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