After weeks of speculation, talk, and chatter on the Hot Stove, in the media, on the Internet and amongst fans, it looks like Erik Bedard will be staying in Baltimore. According to the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebeic, Andy MacPhail is on record as saying that the lefty ace will stay in town perhaps because only the team cannot find a suitable trade partner who are willing to give the Orioles what they need.
After listening to trade proposals for his ace for the past couple of months, Andy MacPhail says it is a "strong likelihood" that Erik Bedard will be the Orioles' Opening Day starter rather than being traded.
"It's up to [manager] Dave Trembley in the final analysis to set his rotation, but that's what [Bedard] is today, and I think that's a strong likelihood," said MacPhail, the Orioles' president of baseball operations. "But that said, you never know."
Granted, Bedard could still be moved, but it looks like teams like the Mariners, Reds and Dodgers are right now unwilling to move their prospects.
The Baltimore Sun has more on the story.
- The Baltimore Orioles are looking to perhaps move their spring training activities to Vero Beach, Fla.; home of the Los Angeles Dodgers spring training facility. The Orioles currently conduct spring training in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and were given approval by the local government to perform upgrades to their facility; however, no work has started because the Federal Aviation Administration is also involved and has an airport in the vicinity; thus, they are also involved and need to give their final blessing.
- Roch Kubatko and MASN's Jim Hunter hosted the "Hot Stove Show" on WHFS and they were able to get an interview with Baltimore Oriole manager, Dave Trembley. Roch has more info on the interview in his blog, Roch Around the Clock.
- Despite all the chatter online, and on the radio this week with a rumored Brian Roberts trade, it's not happening to according to Andy MacPhail. In an interview with Sean Welsh of the Examiner, Andy MacPhail said moves will not be made until the new year, and specifically mentioned Roberts and Bedard are going nowhere for now.
- Luke Scott, who came from the Astros in the Tejada trade, is looking to play full time in Baltimore. Spencer Fordin has more.