Folks, I have been very busy these last two days, but according to the Orioles.com., the Bedard saga with all it's twists, turns, speculation and rumors may be coming to end.
However, he's still obviously an Oriole & the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is reporting that Erik is still at home and has not been told anything about a trade. Meanwhile, Jones is in Baltimore supposedly taking his physical.
Here's some notes from Roch's blog:
The latest: This trade isn't officially done and might not be announced today, so don't take it as a bad sign if it gets pretty quiet.
It's believed that Adam Jones is taking his physical in Baltimore today. It can take several hours for test results to come back, and if we move past business hours, the club might wait until tomorrow to issue a press release.
Team doctors do more than have players turn their heads and cough. These things can take a while.
I've seen the process work both ways since joining the beat full-time in 1997. I've heard about players taking their physicals in the morning, and an announcement comes later in the afternoon. I've also been forced to wait an extra day.
At the latest, I would hope that the announcement is made tomorrow morning. I won't even entertain the possibility that Jones fails the physical. We've had enough strange twists to last each of us a lifetime.
We're not certain if all five players expected to join the Orioles are required to take a physical. It would be easy to dismiss the need to bring in the fourth and fifth guys in the package, but how do you know if they're completely fit? Do you go by the Mariners' medical records?
This trade needs to be done to get the Baltimore Orioles back on the road to respectability.
Meanwhile, the Sun'd Jeff Zrebiec reports Adam Jones is in Baltimore today and the deal is now pending results of physicals.
The Orioles Hangout site has more, as does ESPN, and FoxSport's Ken Rosenthal says that Bedard may not necessarily help the Mariner, especially with a retooled and amazing Angels team.