February 2007 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap
Bedard Agrees To One-Year Deal With Orioles
Erik Bedard and the Orioles reached an agreement on a one-year contract worth $3.4 million on Saturday, an accord that will keep the two sides from attending an arbitration hearing later in the month. The deal represented a small victory for Bedard, who had asked for a $4 million salary for the upcoming season. Baltimore countered with a $2.7 million offer, and the midpoint between the two proposals would've been $3.35 million. Bedard, the team's likely Opening Day starter, seemed glad to be done with the process. The southpaw said it wasn't much of a distraction, but he admitted that he didn't want to hear the team plead its case against him. "It's always hard," he said. "Obviously, you're not going to take everything seriously. But some things I'm sure they would've said would've stuck forever. That's hard to forget, but we didn't go through that process and I'm happy for it."
Acevedo Hurt In Motorcycle Accident
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jose Acevedo broke four ribs and his collarbone Friday in a motorcycle accident and is expected to miss the entire season, his Dominican winter league team said. Acevedo was conscious and in intensive care Friday, Aguilas Cibaenas executive Luichy Sanchez told The Associated Press. "Is this a surprise? Absolutely," Orioles executive vice president Mike Flanagan said in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "We're obviously saddened to hear the news. This sounds like a serious accident."
Orioles Finalize One-Year Deal With Trachsel
The Orioles didn't wait long to fill a void in their starting rotation. Baltimore announced on Wednesday they have signed free agent Steve Trachsel to a one-year contract with an option. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Trachsel fills a huge need in the rotation after it was reported on Monday that his former Mets teammate, Kris Benson, will require surgery for a partially torn rotator cuff.
Benson Leaning Towards Surgery
Agent Gregg Clifton said Tuesday morning that Kris Benson is "absolutely" leaning toward shoulder surgery and that his client was to spend the morning attempting to finalize an appointment for a third opinion with Dr. James Andrews, a renowned orthopedic surgeon who has operated on Benson in the past. The news of Benson's injury -- diagnosed as a partially torn rotator cuff -- first surfaced Monday afternoon in a report by FOXSports.com. There was some initial confusion over whether the pitcher's first two diagnoses aligned with each other, but Clifton said that Baltimore's team doctors and an independent physician both found a tear. Benson saw Dr. David Altchek, the Mets' team physician, late last week. "The diagnosis was very clear from Dr. Altchek's opinion. It's clear that he needs surgery," Clifton said. "Both doctors said there's a tear, and once you have a tear, it's dependent on where the tear is and how severe it is."
Report: Orioles Agree To Terms With Trachsel
With one former Mets pitcher to miss the upcoming season, the Orioles are turning to another ex-Met to plug the hole in the start rotation. FoxSports.com reported Monday that Orioles righthander Kris Benson will miss the 2007 season due to a partially torn rotator cuff. Later Monday, the Baltimore Sun, citing a baseball source, reported on its web site that the Orioles have agreed in principle to a one-year deal with free agent Steve Trachsel.
Orioles' Benson Likely To Miss Season With Torn Rotator Cuff
Orioles pitcher Kris Benson has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and will almost certainly miss the 2007 season. A recent MRI exam revealed a partial tear, Benson's agent, Gregg Clifton said Monday. The injury will require surgery, but the procedure has not yet been scheduled. "We'd like to get it done as soon as possible so we can start the recovery process," Clifton said.
Former Yankee Hank Bauer Dead At 84
Hank Bauer, the hard-nosed ex-Marine who returned to baseball after being wounded during World War II and went on to become a cornerstone of the Yankees dynasty of the 1950s, died Friday. He was 84. Bauer died of cancer in Shawnee Mission, Kan., said the Baltimore Orioles. Bauer managed the 1966 Orioles to their first World Series title.
Orioles Sign Patterson
The Orioles signed center fielder Corey Patterson yesterday to a one-year deal, leaving starting pitcher Erik Bedard as the club's only remaining arbitration-eligible player. Patterson will make a base salary of $4.3 million in 2007, the midpoint between the Orioles' offer ($4 million) and the number ($4.6 million) filed by Patterson's agent, Scott Boras. "The process is made to negotiate a deal," Orioles vice president Jim Duquette said. "We've had a willingness and a track record here of winning arbitration cases, but you never want to go. It's only when you feel like the other side is being unreasonable when you want to go. There were a couple of signings within the class that made it apparent that a midpoint settlement would be a proper one."
Former Oriole' Steve Barber Dies At 67
Former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Barber died Sunday night due to complications with pneumonia, the team announced Monday. He was 67. Barber became ill last week and passed away at a hospital in Henderson, Nevada.
Juan Gonzales Eyes Return To MLB, Sets Sights On 500 HR's
Juan Gonzalez said at least four Major League teams are interested in signing him for the 2007 season, and he is looking forward to reporting to a club for Spring Training in a few weeks. According to published reports in Puerto Rico, the Angels, Tigers and Orioles have all expressed interest in signing the former two-time American League Most Valuable Player.