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Friday, January 25, 2008

Bedard Unhappy, Clark's Choices, Jason Bay?

Alright, a couple tid-bits to wrap up the work week.

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun was able to talk to Erik Bedard on the phone today.

"If they don't want me, [a trade] is the best thing to do," Bedard told Jeff, among other things. Be sure to check out the article for all the quotes.

Bedard has voiced his displeasure with Baltimore before, but the timing of these comments can only help Seattle get a deal done, in my opinion.

Zrebiec goes on to agree with everyone that Chris Tillman would likely be involved alongside Adam Jones.

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MLB.com's Chris Haft has this to say in his latest installment of Giants' Notes, "Numerous free-agent first basemen remain available -- Sean Casey, Mike Sweeney, Doug Mientkiewicz and Tony Clark, among others -- but none is likely to sign with the Giants as a complement to Dan Ortmeier."

Pair that with Buster Olney's report that Clark's choices were down to Seattle and San Francisco and it looks like our Mariners are going to end up with Clark, for better or worse.

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There have been some mentions of new Jason Bay rumors in our comment sections. Anyone wanna help me out and elaborate a little bit here? URLs, quotes or whatever you have, because I'm not following where these are coming from.

Unless this the quote everyone is talking about:

Churchill: The latest I’m hearing is that the Pirates deal may only involve Bay, not Snell, and may only happen if the Mariners are sure they are going to trade Jones for Bedard.

Doesn't sound like much of a rumor.

8 comments:

Dustin Shires said...

Adam Jones -> Bedard

? -> Bay

Wlad. I don't see this happening. I don't think they would take anything less. Bay has a lot of talent and potential, and I do not think we would trade Jones and Balentien in the same off-season, let alone trade 'em both, in general.

17TomLampkin said...

thanks for the post man, sounds like some interesting stuff. personally, it looks like the chips are falling into place from my perspective. bavasi has said that if the bedard deal is done, we would make other trades to address needs that arise if we make the deal. the need is RF and jason bay is a RF....

on tony clark, please don't.

Jon Shields said...

t-lamp: i have to agree with the pieces falling into place, but Bay isn't a right fielder. he doesn't have the arm to be a right fielder.. at least that's the impression I've gotten. Can anyone back that up or disprove it? Either way i don't think Seattle should spend the remainder of their prospects on an outfielder. I'd much rather sign a one year stopgap outfielder.

Also against Clark.

jp17 said...

Bay has mostly been a LF throughout his career. Could be due to having better options for RF, but I've never seen him in the field and can't comment on his defense.

All Bay would have to do to play RF for the M's is have a better arm than Ibanez. Not that hard to do.

Dustin Shires said...

I'm all for Clark. I called it back in December. Genius, much?

17tomlampkin said...

shires:

why, what would clark bring to the team that we don't already have.

Dustin Shires said...

TomLampkin (i loved that guy!):

A switch hitting big man, a switch hit power... take your pick.. Clark does damage from the left side of the plate, something we haven't had. You can platoon him with Sexson/Vidro to get him 120+ games (when he's at his best). Sexson is on a contract year. Any of us who saw Shaun Alexander 2 years ago knows that Sexson could put up contract year numbers, but I just don't see it happening. Clark won't be all that expensive, he's a left handed bat with power, and he can switch to give Sexson more rest (or, when Sexson hits the 2007 wall again, full-time). I just don't see a move like this being a huge risk.

everythingbaseball said...

If Seattle is going to acquire Bedard then I hope they make the deal sooner rather than later. Personally, the constant speculation revolving around Bedard and Santana is beyond ridiculous already. However, good for Seattle if they get this done.

As for Bay, however, I don't see him suiting up for the Mariners. Despite needing to come back from his subpar season last year, the Pirates will still get a prospect or two for him in a deal somewhere. If Seattle trades Jones and Tillman then they won't want to part with their other top prospects to get Bay.