February 2008 - Baltimore Orioles Wiretap
All Parties Expect Roberts At Wrigley
Brian Roberts is working out with the Orioles, but nobody expects him to remain in the orange and black, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun. Baltimore has been engaged with trade talks surrounding Roberts for two months now. Ronny Cedeno, Sean Gallagher and a third player are expected to be dealt to the Orioles in return for the second baseman. The Orioles have dispatched a scout to Mesa in order to take a look at who the club might want. "I don't really think much about it anymore," Roberts said. "I know a little bit about the situation, and I'll cross that bridge when I come to it."
Adam Jones The Early Star Of Baltimore
Adam Jones was the main attraction at the Orioles' spring training facility, and that is unlikely to change anytime soon. Jones was the centerpiece of the Erik Bedard deal. "I think everybody is looking at everybody," Jones said. "I'm not trying to come here and steal the show from anybody. They already got some good players - [Nick] Markakis, [Brian] Roberts, and [Jay] Gibbons. It's a list of guys. I'm not trying to come here and say, 'I'm this, I'm that.' I'm just trying to play and be another guy."
Roberts Still With Baltimore
Brian Roberts still remains property of the Baltimore Orioles. Contrary to speculation, the Orioles and Cubs have not reached an agreement on a Roberts' trade. "Really, in the immediate, I don't see much going on in terms of a week out or so. But you don't ever know," said Andy MacPhail. "If something makes sense for us, we will evaluate it. It's not different than other circumstances."
Orioles, Trachsel Agree To Minor-League Deal
Steve Trachsel has agreed to a minor league deal with the Orioles, according to an Associated Press report. "Steve was definitely the choice of Dave Trembley and our major league scouts," President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail said Monday.
Mariners Finally Land Bedard
Erik Bedard was acquired by the Mariners from the Orioles on Friday in a long-delayed trade for five prospects, according to an Associated Press report. Baltimore received Adam Jones, who probably will start in center field in opening day. The Orioles also obtained reliever George Sherrill and pitchers Chris Tillman, Tony Butler and Kam Mickolio. RealGM's edition of Grading The Deal for this trade
Bedard Trade Still Not Complete
ESPN is reporting that the Erik Bedard trade, reported to be "near completion" for days now, is giving the term "snail's pace" a new meaning. Bedard was still at home Tuesday night in Ontario, Canada, according to the Baltimore Sun, a sign that the trade, which would send the Orioles' ace to the Mariners for five players, is still a day or two (or more) from being finalized.
Bedard Trade Reportedly Near Official
Multiple reports are indicating that the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles are very close to making a deal involving Erik Bedard, according to MLB.com. The Orioles are rumored to be receiving outfielder Adam Jones, reliever George Sherrill and three prospects in the deal for Bedard.
Report: Bedard To Mariners Trade May Be Close
The Baltimore Sun and Seattle Post-Intelligencer are reporting that Mariners outfielder Adam Jones, the key prospect the Orioles are expected to receive for Bedard, is in Baltimore to take a physical. The Sun, citing an unnamed source, reported Monday that the trade of Erik Bedard from Baltimore to Seattle is pending only completion of physicals. The newspaper reported that if Jones passes his physical, a trade could be announced as soon as Monday.