Monday, January 28, 2008
MacPhail: No agreement with Mariners on Bedard trade
BALTIMORE -- Erik Bedard is still a member of the Baltimore
Orioles, although there are signs the left-hander might soon be
headed to the Seattle Mariners.
In an effort to rebuild an organization that has endured 10
straight losing seasons, Orioles president of baseball operations
Andy MacPhail has been actively seeking to trade Bedard for
prospects. He appears close to working out a deal with the
Mariners, but insisted Monday that a trade was not necessarily
"There really is no change. We are still having discussions,
but we don't have an agreement," MacPhail said.
MacPhail said he didn't expect that to change "over the next
few days," but added, "anything can happen."
The Mariners have asked center fielder Adam Jones to leave his
Venezuelan Winter League team and return to the United States.
Jones, one of Seattle's top prospects, is supposedly the main
player targeted by Baltimore in the trade.
The Seattle Times reported that Jones was returning to take a
physical in Baltimore. Mariners spokesman Tim Hevly confirmed that
Jones was asked to return, but did not give a reason for the
Bedard went 13-5 last season with a 3.16 ERA and 221 strikeouts,
third in the AL. He is currently scheduled for an arbitration
hearing next month; the 28-year-old is asking for $8 million next
season and Baltimore countered at $6 million.
Jones, who will turn 23 this summer, hit .246 in 41 games last
There is plenty of speculation about the other players involved
in the potential deal. Relief pitcher George Sherrill has been
mentioned in some reports, especially because the Orioles need a
closer to replace injured Chris Ray.