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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Interesting Note

posted by Patrick

I was watching the top sports radio show in Baltimore, the Anita Marks Show, and they were interviewing a few guys involved in the trade. One of those guys was the Orioles President of Baseball Operations, Andy MacPhail, and he had some interesting things to say. We all had assumed that it was the Orioles that had been the ones holding up the deal, and that may have been partly true. But after hearing MacPhail, it seems like this deal wasn't simply dragged along by the Orioles and careful owner Peter Angelos. When asked about the process, MacPhail said

"Trying to get the final players out of Bill Bavasi was like trying to get water out of a stone... He was very protective of a lot of his assets."

I tend to believe that this is why the deal took so long because as Bill Bavasi said at the Bedard press conference, "The devil is in the details." This isn't necessarily a bad thing; it's good that Bavasi didn't panic and pull the trigger. It's because the process took so long that we are now able to say with full confidence that this was a good deal for the Mariners and, for that matter, that Orioles fans are able to be happy with the crop of young talent and excited about the future.
On another note, George Sherrill was also on the program and said that he would definitely be interested in being a closer for the Baltimore Orioles. He also said that he knows he's going to have to get used to not winning as much, but that he's excited to be a part of a rebuilding process.

It's going to be fun for me to be able to catch the likes of Sherrill, Jones, and the others on local t.v. and hopefully some games this coming season. I am already looking forward to being at Camden Yards for the April 6th game where Bedard will likely pitch against his old Birds assuming he gets the number one spot in the rotation. It's going to be a special afternoon in Oriole Park.

7 comments:

Rob T. said...

shannon drayer said that she talked to bavasi and all the players in the deal were already agreed upon by jan 24.

Scott said...

Just because the process took a long time means it's the right deal and a good one? What stupid logic, sorry.

Patrick Whealton said...

First of all, I don't speak for all M's fans and I don't pretend to. We here at BBT believe that this was a win-win scenario for both teams. My reasoning for it being a good deal is not because it took a long time. Rather, if Bavasi wasn't so patient, the result could have been a deal far worse than what we got.

Scott said...

we got raped either way.

Jon Shields said...

Scott: The Orioles got a huge haul, that is true. But whether you are pro-trade or not, it was so much better than the original rumored packages involving Jones plus one or two of Clement, Wlad, Morrow, Triunfel etc...

Besides, even if we DID trade multiple top prospects, we would still try and be optimistic. Bedard is a Mariner, might as well be excited about it.

Quinn said...

hahahaha "may have to get used to not winning as much."

Robin said...

The fact is it will take 2 maybe 3 years to know who, if anyone, got taken in this trade. No pitcher has an assured future in the majors; too many chances for injury, for wearing out the arm. If Jones turns out to be an all-star but Bedard gives the M's a shot at the WS, who is adjudged the winner then?