Friday, February 8, 2008

Bedard deal done

The second-longest running drama of Major League Baseball's offseason is over as Baltimore has traded Erik Bedard to Seattle.

Bedard's saga was slightly shorter than the one of Johan Santana, who was traded last week from Minnesota to the New York Mets.

The trade should benefit both teams -- Seattle in the short term, Baltimore in the long run. The Mariners now have a stellar 1-2 punch atop their pitching rotation while Orioles landed five young players for their (perpetual) rebuilding phase.

As a bonus, local fans will have more chances to catch Bedard, one of the game's most underrated pitchers, as the Mariners will make three trips to Arlington to face the Texas Rangers.


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