Since office hours are long done, I figured I could post some video for you to watch without worrying about your boss tiptoeing up behind you. It’s easy for me to describe how massive this hotel is in words. But to see it is something else. So, I shot some footage for you and provided some play-by-play. Keep in mind, it was shot with a handheld camera and these meetings tend to make writers a little bit edgy. Hope you enjoy!
Some good news for the Mariners regarding Erik Bedard: Orioles president Andy McPhail — who has put a clampdown on leaks to the media after being unhappy with some reports this morning — told Baltimore-area reporters a short while ago that he has yet to be blown away by any offers for his pitcher. So, all that talk about the Dodgers being set to land Bedard could be premature. Some people I’ve spoken to in the past hour indicate that there are officials inside the O’s front office who feel the Mariners are the best fit for Baltimore when it comes to potential trade keys. Not clear how many players the Mariners have offered to Baltimore for Bedard and wherther there are more than two at this stage.
The Mets were shut down in a trade proposal yesterday, but apparently came back today with another offer. One thing to keep in mind with the Orioles is that they’ve drafted catchers in two of the past four years, so Jeff Clement is not of very high interest to them. In fact, the team is apparently more keen on Wladimir Balentien. The O’s also like Adam Jones and Brandon Morrow, so it’s possible we could see a combo of those names if the M’s are indeed successful in their bid.
The Dodgers, as we mentioned earlier, have offered an intriguing package of Jonathan Broxton and Matt Kemp to the O’s. But here’s the catch: Baltimore appears to want more than those two names. When it gets down to packages of two or more prospects, the Mariners might have the edge because there is apparently (so far, anyway) a limit to the number of prospects Los Angeles is willing to deal. So, the M’s — if all of this hold true — appear to still be in it. From what I’m told, they are in the top-three as far as the O’s are concerned.
The Dodgers and Mariners are also still in on the bidding for Hiroki Kuroda, along with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kuroda apparently expects to visit all three major league stops next week, once the meetings are over. So, it looks like the Mets are going to be a non-factor in bidding for him. Good news for the M’s, for now.
Forget about Ben Sheets. From what I’m told, the Mariners have spoken with the Brewers, but Sheets isn’t part of it. Sorry if I misled you earlier. I know we’ve generated a lot of discussion. My bad. No word yet on what the Mariners and Brewers are discussing (maybe they’re trying to pry Chris Capuano loose?) but it isn’t Sheets — known in Milwaukee as the Most-Traded-Player-Who-Never-Gets-Traded.
Also, put the kibbosh (please!) on any Richie Sexson-Ray Durham rumors. We mentioned before that the Tim Lincecum combo wasn’t going to work, nor are the Giants willing to do a Sexson-Durham straight up. They apparently consider it trading one bad contract for another and they get the short end of the stick. So, nix to that.
One of you commented that I get all my info from Bill Bavasi. I wish that was true. He’s probably sitting up in the team’s suite laughing at a lot of what’s written online. It’s the silly season, full of rumors. But there is always a degree of truth to much of what’s heard. The hard part is sorting out the truth from the fiction.
Everyone’s still waiting for the official word on the Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis trade to the Tigers. The Detroit-based writer sitting next to me in the media room says an announcement could come down late tonight, but several outlets are now reporting the deal as done. Nothing on Johan Santana yet, though it appears he’s headed to Boston.
Off to talk to Bavasi shortly…