The Erik Bedard trade, reported to be "near completion" for days now, is giving the term "snail's pace" a new meaning.
Bedard was still at home Tuesday night in Ontario, Canada, according to the Baltimore Sun, a sign that the trade -- which would send the Baltimore Orioles ace to the Seattle Mariners for five players -- is still a day or two (or more) from being finalized.
Two of the main players who would be dealt to the Orioles, center fielder Adam Jones and reliever George Sherrill, were in Baltimore Monday for their physicals. If the Orioles are comfortable with the results, they then would have Bedard fly to Seattle for his physical.
Even Mariners pitcher Miguel Batista -- working on real-life issues, such as getting medicine to flood victims in his native Dominican Republic -- has posed the oft-asked, not-answered question:
"Is the deal done yet?" Batista inquired via phone from Santo Domingo, according to the Seattle Times. "When is it going to get done?"
Chris Tillman, Kam Mickolio and Tony Butler, the three prospects the Orioles likely would be getting, are not expected to have to take physicals. Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail told the Sun last night that the club had nothing to announce and declined to comment further.