The fact that Josh Fields will be added in to the outgoing Seattle portion of the deal matters little. Fields never really took in Seattle, where he staged a bizarre early holdout for six figures in additional cash when he could have spent part of the 2008 season with the M’s had he played his cards right.
Instead, Fields becomes the fourth and final No. 1 draft pick from the Bill Bavasi era to be traded out of town by GM Jack Zduriencik. Fields joins Jeff Clement, Brandon Morrow and Phillippe Aumont in departing the organization.
We wish Fields well. But he had no future with the M’s. There are too many guys ahead of him, including Josh Lueke, Dan Cortes, Shawn Kelley and—for now—David Aardsma, assuming he signs a team-friendly, incentive-laden deal for when he heals from Tommy John surgery at some point next year. Brandon League? I fully expect him to be dealt this winter.
But Fields is pretty much the end of the top-level Bill Bavasi draft era.
And Bedard leaving marks the end of the trade that sealed Bavasi’s firing from Seattle. A 5-for-1 deal that never was as bad as its critics made it out to be, but also was never going to wind up in a win for the M’s.