Friday, February 8, 2008

The Baltimore Orioles Finally Trade Erik Bedard

Left-hander Erik Bedard was acquired by the Seattle Mariners from the Baltimore Orioles on Friday in a long-delayed trade for five prospects.

Baltimore received outfielder Adam Jones, who will probably start in center field on Opening Day. The Orioles also obtained reliever George Sherrill and pitchers Chris Tillman, Tony Butler and Kam Mickolio.

Bedard, Baltimore's Opening Day starter last year, joins a rotation that includes newly signed Carlos Silva and holdovers Felix Hernandez, Jarrod Washburn and Miguel Batista.

The departure of Bedard is yet another move to youth by the Orioles under president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. Shortstop Miguel Tejada, a former AL MVP, was traded to Houston on Dec. 12.

Its hard to say at the moment whether this trade helped or hurt the Orioles. However, one thing is certain. With Bedard gone, Baltimore does not have an ace or even someone that's a lock to pitch on Opening Day. Jeremy Guthrie and Adam Loewen are the top candidates, and Daniel Cabrera might be given consideration.

The Mariners, with Bedard, Silva, and Washburn, have a chance to compete in the AL West. I remember last year they went on such a tear at one point I was ready to start supporting them, but then they quickly quieted down again. I still don't think they will be able to match the Angels hitting and pitching, but they'll make things interesting like they did last year.

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