According to a report in the Seattle Times, Erik Bedard will be traded to the Seattle Mariners for several prospects, including the Mariners’ top prospect Adam Jones. The report by Geoff Baker stated Jones was told by Bill Bavasi he could not play in the fourth game of the finals in the Venezuelan Winter League. Jones told a local reporter that he will be flying to Baltimore on Monday to take a physical.
Several reports have indicated Andy MacPhail was looking to trade Bedard before Brian Roberts….so this could be the first step.
Updated – 7:27pm C.T and 8:37pm C.T.. with Information from Ken Rosenthal
Updated – 8:53pm C.T. – Andy MacPhail Denies Trade with Mariners BakerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s report is much more credible than the internet rumor a month ago that stated Roberts had been traded to the Cubs. The only report of the deal is from the Seattle Times as of 6:42pm C.T.
Updated 7:27pm C.T. – MSNBC has picked up the Seattle Times report.
Updated 7:27pm C.T. – According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, Bedard does appear to be heading to Seattle for a package that includes Adam Jones. Rosenthal cited the Seattle Times report as a source. Also, Rosenthal mentioned the Cubs interest in Brian Roberts and hinted the deal could include Sean Gallagher, Felix Pie and another prospect for Roberts.
Updated 8:37pm C.T. – Rosenthal’s latest update mentioned the deal for Roberts could be prospects Sean Gallagher and Felix Pie or “veterans such as RHP Jason Marquis and outfielder Matt Murton.”
Updated – 8:54pm – According to a report in the Baltimore Sun, Andy MacPhail has denied there is a deal in place to send Erik Bedard to the Mariners.
Is today Groundhog Day?
Will update if more information becomes available.