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January 19, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Price of a Bedard-Roberts package?

Some of you have asked whether it would be possible for the Mariners to acquire both Erik Bedard and second baseman Brian Roberts from the Orioles as part of the same package. Looks like the Chicago Cubs were thinking the same thing. A seven-for-two deal says the Sun-Times. No players named. So, we don’t know how much of the quantity was actually quality. But the story says Orioles owner Peter Angelos turned it down. Any of you think the M’s have seven players they can part with? No Richie Sexson jokes, please, I’m being serious. Truth is, without the names of the players pitched by the Cubs, it’s tough to gauge the true asking price. But I guess there’s been more going on behind the scenes than just the Mariners and Orioles.

So much for the suggetsions from some corners that Mariners GM Bill Bavasi might have chosen to sit this round out. Looks like the Orioles sat him out while they entertained offers from the Cubs. My guess, based on this new information, is that the Mariners mightr be talking about an expanded deal as well. I still say Luke Scott would be a good fit here in Seattle as a corner outfielder. A much better fit than a guy nearing 30 will be with the rebuilding Orioles next season.
One of you asked me where I’m getting Scott’s name from. Well, from between my two ears. The M’s will need a corner outfielder to replace Adam Jones in the event of a Bedard deal, Scott plays good defense and he can hit. But no, I haven’t been told that the Mariners have asked about him. Just figure they would have and am letting you know I think it’s a good idea. But not for seven players. Maybe bringing him in gets the M’s to add a player to their package that the O’s really want and the deal gets done? Maybe not.
For Kyle in one of the previous comments threads, Justin Lehr had a good Class AAA season last year. But so did Jorge Campillo. Both are now gone. They were minor league free-agents and when that’s the case, you usually sign on one year at a time with organizations you think will get you the best shot at the major leagues. In Lehr’s case, that wasn’t going to be here in Seattle. The Mariners pretty much have their rotation and bullpen set. Had Leher gotten a call-up last September, there might have been some desire to stick around. But going 7-1 with a 3.99 ERA for Class AAA Tacoma wasn’t good enough to earn him that shot.
Now, he’s off to the Reds and the NL, hoping to parlay that minor league success into a shot at the big leagues with a team that needs more pitching. The Reds, don’t forget, have been after Bedard as well.
For Ricofoy, no beer served at Times events. Sorry. It’s a security issue. But there’s a pretty good Irish Pub called Paddy Coyne’s just up the street for after you’re done interracting with me and everyone else. Hope you can make it.



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