For all of you who have been waiting for all the Erik Bedard trade rumors to end and for a deal to be completed... you're going to have to keep waiting. However, trade talks are gaining some serious momentum and it looks like a deal is closer than ever before. The reports this morning even made it sound like the deal was done.
The centerpiece in the trade package coming back from Seattle is, and has always been expected to be, centerfielder Adam Jones. He has been playing winter ball in Venezuela, but isn't anymore. The news that a deal was struck started when Adam Jones told a Venezuelan newspaper that he had to leave the team (in Venezuela) in order to go to Baltimore and take a physical, and that he was honored to be the centerpiece in a trade for a pitcher of Bedard's caliber. Of course that started a chain reaction of pure chaos. Officials from both teams were contacted, neither very happy about receiving phone calls from the press, and both denying that an agreement has been struck. Other players that have long been rumored to have been included in trade talks were all surveyed and none of them were aware of any deal (usually, the player and their agents are the first people to know when they are traded). It is all confusing and, most of all, frustrating.
However, there is hope. Word is that the deal has yet to be reviewed by Peter Angelos. The report is that he has been unavailable all day today, so he hasn't been able to review the possible deal and give it the yay or nay. If he holds true to his agreement with Andy MacPhail, this should only be a formality, but it would still be enough to keep the deal from being completed and therefore keep all the involved players in the dark.
It's possible that Adam Jones' "knowledge" could have come from an accidental leak, or maybe he misinterpreted something he heard. It's impossible to tell.
Another positive sign is it looks like the Mariners could already be lining up Adam Jones' replacement. If the Mariners are looking at adding another outfielder, they are likely preparing for Jones' departure.
I don't know about you, but I'll be anxiously awaiting more details tonight or tomorrow. Angelos should be available to meet with MacPhail about this trade, and a decision could be reached. Or we could get more of the same, and hear nothing but rumors and be strung along in the Bedard-trade-talks for another week or two. I can't help but think we'll be hearing more than rumors.