After spending much of last year on the DL, Bedard has pitched well for the M’s this year…a contract year for him no less. But lets take a look at the other side of the trade.
Adam Jones: He had 2 HR’s in last night’s game and raised his batting average to a whopping .420 and a slugging percentage of .669. He also has 8 home runs for the season, 1 less than he did all of last year for the O’s. Along with being half way to his total RBI’s from year, Jones could be on his way to the All-Star game.
George Sherril: Sure, he has 1 loss in relief this year, but does have 6 saves in 8 save opportunities. Last year he was 31 out of 37. In his first 15 appearances, he has a decent ERA of 3.68
Chris Tillman: The minor league pitcher of the year in the M’s org in 2007. He is 4-0 in AA with a 2.03 ERA and holding opponents to a batting average of .212. Tillman is quickly becoming a full fledged Bedard replacement (only he pitches right handed). He is currently ranked as the 16th best prospect in all of baseball.
There were two others that were also traded to the O’s, Tony Butler and Kam Mickolio. Butler was the third round choice for the M’s in the now famous 2006 “Morrow Lincecum” draft. Butler had a lot of promise, but is out on the DL in the O’s system after shoulder surgery. Kam did see some time in the majors last year with limited success, but is purely in the minors now, waiting for another chance.
So thank you Bill Bavasi. As I sit and watch the July 31st trade deadline approach, I can only think that Bedard will be sent somewhere else so that we don’t completely loose everything. I guess time will tell.