Reports: Bedard to M's deal might be closer to reality

Updated: February 4, 2008, 12:02 PM ET
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The long-awaited Erik Bedard trade to the Mariners reportedly may be nearing completion.

Second-Half Surge

Erik Bedard was good in his first 14 starts of 2007 but he was absolutely great in his second 14 starts.

First 14 starts Last 14
W-L 4-4 9-1
ERA 3.72 2.65
H per 9 8.4 5.7
K per 9 10.7 11.2

The Baltimore Sun and Seattle Post-Intelligencer are reporting that Mariners outfielder Adam Jones -- the key prospect the Orioles are expected to receive for Bedard -- is in Baltimore to take a physical.

The Sun, citing an unnamed source, reported Monday that the trade of Bedard from Baltimore to Seattle is pending only completion of physicals. The newspaper reported that if Jones passes his physical, a trade could be announced as soon as Monday.

Baltimore is expected to receive a package of players from Seattle that includes Jones, reliever George Sherrill and pitching prospect Chris Tillman.

Jones, 22, is regarded by scouts and executives with other teams as a rising star. "He's going to be a monster," an AL talent evaluator told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney. "If you put he and Nick Markakis in the same outfield, that is the start of something."

The left-handed Bedard could help to make the Mariners' rotation formidable, joining Felix Hernandez, Jarrod Washburn, Carlos Silva and Miguel Batista.

Bedard went 13-5 last season with a 3.16 ERA and 221 strikeouts, third in the AL. He is currently scheduled for an arbitration hearing next month; he is asking for $8 million for 2009, and Baltimore countered at $6 million.

Information from ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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