Bedard on the Trading Block
The Orioles are heavily shopping young lefty Erik Bedard and hoping to get at least a bag of balls in return.
Baltimore is desperate to trade Bedard, who is eligible for arbitration this winter and could become a free agent after the 2008 season.
This bombshell came straight from the mouth of GM Andy MacPhail, in a Q&A interview with the Baltimore Sun:
(Sun): Would exploring a contract extension for ace Erik Bedard be a priority before entertaining trade offers for the pitcher?
(MacPhail): Twenty-eight-year-old left-handers that are as dominant as he was over the course of the season are hard to come by. … I am responsible to listen to other clubs and see what they have in mind and what would make sense. I don’t think that this franchise is in a position just to categorically reject anything without considering it. We’ve already had sort of preliminary conversations on an [extension] with his representative, but nothing specific. Clearly, it’s something that interests us.
If that’s not a cry for help! trade with me! then I don’t know what is. An executive close to the situation in Baltimore and familiar with someone who owns a few Cal Ripken baseball cards (and requested anonymity) told me that Bedard, Brian Roberts, Ramon Hernandez, and Miguel Tejada could be had by the Mets in return for Carlos Delgado, Ruben Gotay, and Guillermo Mota, and that Tejada would be open to a transition to first base. The key to the deal, he says, is slipping a “mickey” into Andy MacPhail’s drink, beating him over the head with a baseball bat until near death, and then blackmailing him with Photoshopped pictures of him with Alex Rodriguez and a buxom blond in a prominent Canadian gentlemen’s club (my source believes suitable photos are readily available on the ‘net, and that an unemployed graphic artist could handle the dirty work of inserting MacPhail into the picture).
What do you guys think? Should the Mets pull the trigger? I’m not sure Tejada can make the switch, and what will we do about the hole in the bullpen left by Mota?