It looks like the Baltimore Orioles have traded right handed, starting pitcher Erik Bedard to the Seattle Mariners according to several sources including the Seattle Times and the Baltimore Sun.
Apparently the Orioles will get back super-prospect Adam Jones who has been called back from Venezuela to undergo a physical.
When reached for comment today, Adam Jones said…
"I received a call from Seattle saying that there is no more playing for me and I can’t do anything about that,” Jones said. "I leave tomorrow morning… It sucks. I want to play. This is Game 4 of the finals and I really want to be there for my team, but it’s something that all the guys understand. I really want to play, but I can’t."
Although Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has said the deal is completed, both teams have suggested that it is yet to be finalized, but confirmed something is imminent.
*** This was the second of the big three pitchers to slip through the hands of the New York Mets, with the other being Dan Haren. That leaves Johan Santana as the last viable option for a top of the rotation starter that is still available.
I find it interesting that Erik Bedard can be had for what amounts to one big outfield prospect and yet the Mets couldn’t pry him away with a bundle of four prospects. I actually felt that Bedard was a better option for the Mets because he has two years until free agency.
Last season Bedard went 13-5 with an ERA of 3.16, and he struck out 221 batters in 182 innings. He is only 28 years old and has improved significantly each of his four years in the majors.
Johan Santana is officially the last big pitcher standing. Reports this weekend say that he will be traded within the next ten days. The Yankees, Red Sox and Mets are all said to be in the mix. Other rumors reported that if the Mets have truly taken Fernando Martinez off the table as has been reported, any discussions with the Mets are over. The Mets have now moved on to "Plan L", Livan Hernandez. As soon as the Mets get the official call from the Twins saying "NO DEAL", Hernandez will join his brother El Duque in the middle of the Mets rotation.