Jul 20, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Fans cheer as Houston Astros starting pitcher Erik Bedard (45) walks off the mound during the seventh inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

MLB trade rumors 2013: Houston Astros getting heavy interest on Erik Bedard

Not all that long ago, Houston Astros starter Erik Bedard was one of the premier pitchers in the Major Leagues.

Injuries have hampered the aging left hander but a recent string of strong outings has scouts interested in the nine year veteran, this according to Leila Rahimi of CSNHouston.com:

Sources tell me Astros LHP Erik Bedard’s recent strong outings, plus season performance has lead to interest from teams as deadline nears.

Unlike a Jake Peavy or a Matt Garza, Bedard should come relatively cheap given his age, somewhat sub-par performances the last two years and lack of importance to the future of the Astros.

Because of that, teams are hoping they can snag an affordable starter without giving much up.

Bedard signed a one year deal with the Astros earlier this season so it’s likely that the ‘Stros will send the one time fifteen game winner out to whomever offers up the best deal.

The Ontario native spent last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, struggling with a 5.01 ERA. He split time between the Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox in 2011 where he had a combined 3.62 ERA, but had has difficulties with the Sox, posting a plus 4 ERA.

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