Now, I'm usually not one to write about sports on this blog, but with the end of the Baseball season unfortunately upon us, I felt compelled to shine as much of a positive light on my hapless Baltimore Orioles as possible.
With that (and the abuse I got prior to the season regarding the Erik Bedard trade to Seattle), I bring you:
The Erik Bedard to Seattle Trade In Review:
As a recap, Bedard, the moody yet exceptionally gifted left-handed starter for the Baltimore Orioles the past 5 years (Minors since 99 though), was dealt to the Seattle Mariners for Outfielder Adam Jones, Relief Pitcher George Sherill, and minor league Pitcher Chris Tillman.
Bedard turned out to be a serviceable starter (when healthy that is, he DID win 6 whole games), but unfortunately is currently having to undergo rotator cuff surgery and will be out of baseball until at least next All-star break. This being said, the rumors are now that the Mariners will non-tender Bedard, thus making him a free-agent next year.
What does this mean for the so called "worst trade ever" for the Baltimore Orioles? (SayHey I'm looking at you here).
Basically what it means is that we received a potential star-in-making in Adam Jones providing gold-glove level defense while continually improving on all the 5-tool skills he possesses (currently batting 272 with 9 HR's, 57 RBI, 60 Runs and 10 SB, or basically 3 points higher on AVG, 7 more HR's, 27 more RBI's, 32 more Runs and 8 more SB's then Seattle is getting out of their current Center Fielder Jeremy Reed), Chris Tillman (who went 11-4 with a 3.18 ERA while striking out 154 batters in 135.2 Innings pitched, oh and is 20 years old), and of course the Orioles All-star representative Mr. George Sherill who despite a less then stellar ERA of 4.82, managed to save 31 games for the Orioles and was arguably the MVP of the All-Star game having pitched two scoreless innings (something that may have injured Sherill in the second half, since he typically does not go that far in a game).
So as a quick recap, in case you got lost in all the statistical jargon, here is what it boils down to for next year for these teams...
Orioles retain their starting Center Fielder for next year and the next 10 years, A solid closer or 8th inning setup man to lock down games, and an exciting young starter that has already proven everything he needs to at AA.
Seattle retains.... Absolutely nothing.
That is all....