Erik Bedard is the highest-paid player on the Houston Astros‘ roster, making just over one million dollars, a truly staggering figure. Whatever the pay, his stat line does not reflect that of the highest-paid player. At 4-12 with a 4.81 ERA, Bedard should, and could possibly be the first name that is moved from the Astros this offseason.
Despite pitching seven shutout innings in the season finale for the Astros against the New York Yankees and only giving up three hits, Bedard has been too unpredictable all year, plus his age detracts from his value on a team that is growing younger and younger.
When Bedard was scratched at the trade deadline, so many positives happened for the Astros. Many thought he would be traded, freeing up more roster space and removing another player that had no potential to be part of the future of the team. He wasn’t traded, obviously, but the other positive from his scratch was the arrival of Brett Oberholtzer, whose rookie season was only dwarfed by teammate Jarred Cosart‘s.
Bedard had flashes of brilliance this year paired with flashes of complete ineptitude, as was the case with the entire Astros team. From a logistics standpoint, that sporadic nature on a team has to be eliminated, and Bedard is one of the culprits.
Hopefully the Astros can at least snag a prospect or two for the aging left-hander, but a significant haul would be impossible. They may just take the “clearing house” approach and take a cash consideration. Either way, Bedard will not be with the Astros next year.