The Washington Post is reporting that Orioles starting pitcher, Erik Bedard, has informed the Orioles that he will not sign any extension to remain with the team. The Orioles were rumored to have been working on a possible extension, but now that is out the window.
For those teams that lose out on Santana, there still is no shortage of attractive pitchers available on the trade market.
Perhaps the best of those is left-hander Erik Bedard of the Baltimore Orioles, who is definitely available now that, according to league sources, he has informed the team he has no interest in signing an extension to stay in Baltimore beyond 2009, when he hits free agency.
And Bedard, who is perhaps one more solid year away from establishing himself as a true No. 1 starter, could be a poor man’s Santana, costing a team half the talent and less than half the money (if they are interested in extending him) in a trade.
This could be good news for Omar Minaya who had already tried to acquire the prized young pitcher earlier this month with a package that included former Met Lastings Milledge. The offer was turned down which prompted Omar to trade him to Washington for a couple of serviceable players in Brian Schneider and Ryan Church.
It is being widely speculated that the recently acquired Ryan Church, was targeted because he had long been a favorite of the Baltimore Orioles. It’s also logical to assume that the Orioles will not trade Bedard within the division.
The situation certainly bears watching.