Why not trade for Erik Bedard? From what I've been reading, it wouldn't take much to get him at this point. Maybe a trade involving guys like German, Gload, Lubanski, Lumsden or another low level prospect. Bedard isn't a free agent until after next season (final arbitration year) and could be a guy who we can sign to a two or three year contract and have him as a strong number two guy or maybe he has a good first half next season and we can trade him away for something of value.
I heard something on Baseball Tonight where they said Bedard's mental makeup of a guy who will perform well on a team that isn't in contention or is a second or third starter on a contending team. This would seem like a low risk move to me. Or maybe I'm a retard. This is likely.