UPDATE 7:53 A.M.: The first Erik Bedard rumor of the morning is out: the Mariners and Cardinals are discussing the lefty, per Ken Rosenthal. Jon Heyman just weighed in that Cardinals, Red Sox and “1 other” are eyeing Bedard.
As I type this, it’s about 14 hours until the non-waiver trade deadline hits at 1 p.m. Seattle time on Sunday — which is a lot more sane than the old days, when the deadline was midnight ET on July 31. Those were not fun deadline situations, believe me — though not as bad as our East Coast brethren had it. The craziest was probably July 31, 1998, when the Mariners and Astros went down to the wire before consummating the Randy Johnson trade for <strong%
The deal went through, however, and turned out to be significant for both teams (though Johnson, despite going 10-1, 1.28 in 11 starts, didn’t quite get the Astros to what would have been their first World Series).
This year, it’s already been a very active trade period in late July; I expect a flurry of late deals on Sunday, and it’s well within the realm of possibility the Mariners will be involved in one or more. When I asked Jack Zduriencik today after the Doug Fister deal came down if the Mariners could make another trade before the deadline, he said, “Hard to say. Certainly, there are discussions going on. People are going to make last-minute phone calls. A lot of people have a lot on the table right now and are trying to do what they can do with what’s presenting itself. There will be a lot of dialogue, I’m%2