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1.27.2008

That Didn't Take Long

Remember when Erik Bedard spoke with The Sun this Saturday, voicing his displeasure with the Baltimore Orioles and their unwillingness to either trade him or come up with an extension?

Well, it's Sunday evening now, and he's reportedly on his way to joining the Seattle Mariners rotation in exchange for outfielder Adam Jones. No word yet on which other Mariners players or prospects may being thrown into the mix, though.

Jones was yanked from the Venezuelan Winter League playoffs by the Mariners this weekend before revealing to reporters there that he is flying to Baltimore for a physical on Monday and being dealt to the O's.

Jones hit .246 last season with 2 homers and 4 RBIs in 41 games with the Mariners and .304 with 10 RBIs for the Cardenales de Lara this winter.

Bedard went 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA last year, overwhelming the majors with 221 strikeouts in just 182 innings before being sidelined with a strained oblique muscle on Aug. 25th. On a lighter note, he's looking at becoming the ace in Seattle's rotation and the other half of one helluva one-two punch with Felix Hernandez.

Update: According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, this trade is far from in place. Mariners lefty reliever George Sherrill will almost certainly be thrown in along with 19-year-old minor league righty Chris Tillman, who had no idea his name was involved with the swap.

[Seattle Times] | [MiLB.com] | [The Oriole Post] | [Tirico Suave]


5 Comments:

Bassmaster said...

One-two punch is right, maybe one of the top combos in the AL if Johan and Liriano are separated.