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Archives: Jan. 2008

Jan.
31st

Mariners sign Brad Wilkerson to one-year deal


I just got back to the office and got the call. There’s a conference call set up for reporters at 2:30 p.m.


I’m assuming the signing of Wilkerson means that a deal for Bedard can’t be too far down the road because Wilkerson didn’t take an offer to be a left-handed bat off the bench for the Red Sox because he was still looking for the chance to play every day. But who knows. Signing Wilkerson probably was one of the contingency plans Mariners GM Bill Bavasi spoke about during last

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Jan.
31st

Who’s tired of all this?

Ummmmm that would be me. How do I know this? Because it’s 2:33 a.m. and I’m posting this. Well, that and I have no life. Also, there isn’t much on at this time of night, not even on Skinemax.


The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Peter Angelos didn’t veto the trade as many people thought. Notice, they didn’t say he wasn’t holding the trade up. There’s also some nice history of Angelos’ interference in trades in this story.


Anyway, Jim Street of MLB.com reports that the Orioles might be trying to sign Erik Bedard to an

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Jan.
29th

Now the rumors are about Adam Jones’ hip


OK, here’s the latest story out of Baltimore from the Sun. The piece I found interesting is that the Orioles were annoyed by Adam Jones speaking about the discussions.


Apparently there is rumor swirling around the Baltimore area that the reason the deal is being held up is a concern that Adam Jones may have a degenerative hip condition. I have ow idea where or how this rumor started.


The guys over at the Baltimore Sun, who are good guys and solid journalists, are treating it as nothing

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Jan.
28th

Yet another Bedard update

The Baltimore Sun just posted a story, saying basically the framework of the proposed trade is up, but that nothing has been finalized.


As expected it looks like Orioles owner Peter Angelos could be the one holding up it up as he wants final approval on the deal


Here’s the link to the story.


It appears Adam Jones hasn’t even left Venezuela yet, according to KOMO’s Shannon Drayer.

Jan.
28th

The Erik Bedard trade saga continues

The breaking news is that there really is no new news to report. As I type this, Erik Bedard is still an Oriole and Adam Jones is still a Mariner. Now that can change in a moment’s notice.


Roch Kubatko’s blog on the Baltimore Sun has another post about his thoughts on the deal and how everything has went down. It’s pretty interesting, particularly his comments about how controlling Andy MacPhail is about leaked information. He makes Bill Bavasi, a notoriously reserved guy, seem like a media dream.


ESPN being ESPN also has to weigh

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Jan.
27th

The Bedard trade rumors

Larry is unable to update the blog (more on a different day), so I thought I’d post some info.


Most Seattle news outlets including the News Tribune are reporting that Adam Jones has left his winter league team and is headed to Baltimore. Here’s the link to our story.


But Baltimore GM Andy MacPhail is denying the rumors saying no deal is done to the Baltimore sun. Here’s the story.


Here’s the Sun’s Orioles blog that has some various updates on the situation.