From the Baltimore Sun -
Contract extension talks between the Orioles and Erik Bedard stalled yesterday, increasing the likelihood that team officials will spend part of next week’s winter meetings contemplating trade offers for the ace left-hander.
The Orioles already have gotten several trade offers for Bedard, who went 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA last season and set a franchise record with 221 strikeouts. They figure to get more next week in Nashville, Tenn., though MacPhail said that the cooling of talks shouldn’t be taken as a sign that the Orioles are ready to unload Bedard.
The New York Yankees, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers all have inquired about Bedard, who would be one of the most coveted pitchers available in a market that also includes two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana.
Via the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia:
AMERICAN LEAGUE 2006-2007 & GAMES STARTED >= 60
RSAA RSAA GS IP 1 C.C. Sabathia 67 62 433.2 2 Johan Santana 65 67 452.2 3 John Lackey 61 66 441.2 4 Roy Halladay 54 63 445.1 5 Erik Bedard 49 61 378.1 6 Kelvim Escobar 43 60 385 7 Justin Verlander 40 62 387.2 8 Chien-Ming Wang 38 63 417.1 9 Danny Haren 33 68 445.2 10 Josh Beckett 28 63 405.1
Bedard can pitch. Sounds as if it would cost the Yankees a package like Ian Kennedy, Alan Horne and Melky Cabrera. I’m not sure that I would do that – plus you hate having to trade within your division where you face the team 19 times a year (giving your ex’s plenty of chances to haunt you).
But, at the least, the Yankees are right to kick the tires on this one and keep their seat warm at the table…just in case.