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 in with their experts. Jayson Stark, who is as good as it gets in the business, offers some interesting info in his story. The biggest factor Stark mentions is the need for Peter Angelos to “green light” the deal. He also mentions possible replacements for Jones for the Mariners, including Luis Gonzalez, which had been rumored for a while and Brad Wilkerson. Stark was on KJR today talking with Mitch in the Morning. You can listen to it here.
The whole Angelos thing can be tricky, remember he has a habit of vetoing trades he doesn’t like. Apparently, he just nixed a deal for Brian Roberts being traded to the Cubs. He did the same thing with proposed trade for Roberts with the Braves for last season, as well as a trade that would have sent Miguel Tejada to the Angels last season as well.
According to reports, besides Jones, lefthander George Sherrill, pitchers Chris Tillman, Kam Mickolio and possibly another player would be headed to Baltimore. We’ll get into that stuff a little later.