Well, since I will assuredly get minimal work done here today, here's some words of wisdom from Buster Olney's blog this morning. He's looking at the crystal ball towards the Orioles' immediate future, and it ain't good.
From ESPN's Olney: "If the Orioles do follow through and trade Bedard and Roberts, they will be putting pieces in place that could help them in their attempts to reconstruct their organization. In the big picture, that's the right thing to do. But as they compete within a division that includes the defending champion Red Sox, the Yankees, the sleeper Blue Jays and the markedly improved Rays, the Orioles are poised to have the kind of season that will make you want to avert your eyes.Ouch.
Then again, they lost a game 30-3 last year, so is it really going to be much worse than the way it has been for the last decade in Baltimore?"
Hey, most figured that the Washington Nationals would be one of the worst teams of all time in '07; alas, they finished up with 73 wins and played a pivotal role in the collapse of the New York Mets.
Tony Giro of the Examiner has his thoughts on the rumored Bedard trade to Seattle for Adam Jones and a number of guys...
The Orioles.com and Mariners.com website has news of the rumored move...
Matt Bender of WNST believes that the Orioles may live to regret trading Erik Bedard, assuming he gets traded; Thryl Nelson believes that the news of the trade is encouraging to the organization and the fanbase; Meanwhile, Drew Forrester thinks that someone is lying about the whole deal...
There are several threads on Orioles Hangout talking about the trade -- here, here, here, here and here. I'd recommend checking out the site for the various opinions on the trade and the players involved.
Here's a piece from CNNsi.com John Heyman, ESPN, The Seattle News-Tribune, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, & the Seattle Times.
Camden Chat has more details on the trade from sources and also the potential location of the physical (Bethesda???); Ben of Oriole Central thinks we are being played with; HRB of Dempsey's Army knows what we all know -- the rumor mill is in full swing; Orioles and Lobster along with Weaver's Tantrum has their take on the whole deal with MacPhail, Bedard and the Mariners;