UPDATE, 1-27-08 at 11:29pm: Geoff Baker checks in again. He notes MacPhail’s careful choice of words and reiterates that a deal appears close. He seems to think only a Peter Angelos objection could kill it, but would consider that a crazy thing for him to do.
UPDATE, 1-27-08 at 10:55pm: Jason Churchill, referencing three sources, believes this to be 99% done. He is hearing Jones, Tillman, Sherrill, Tony Butler, and Kameron Mickolio to the O’s. He’s not sure whether Bedard extension talks are a factor but you have to think that might be holding it up. He’s also unsure on whether the O’s would include anyone else with Bedard.
UPDATE, 1-27-08 at 10:25pm: Jon Heyman of SI.com says "there is still some internal debate in Baltimore over the deal." Heyman’s heard that Jones, Tillman, and Sherrill are possibilities but the Ms may keep Jeff Clement. Heyman then goes on to add that the O’s might send Brian Roberts to the Cubs for Sean Gallagher and Felix Pie if they finish the Bedard deal.
UPDATE, 1-27-08 at 9:32pm: No deal, says Andy MacPhail. He denies that Jones is headed to Baltimore for a physical. This Baltimore Sun link also has quotes from Jones, which kind of started the whole thing. Someone must’ve said something to him.
UPDATE, 1-27-08 at 8:45pm: A high-ranking Orioles official told the Baltimore Sun that a trade has not been completed. Meanwhile MLB.com’s Jim Street believes the Ms will send Jones, Sherrill, Chris Tillman, and a minor leaguer for Bedard.
FROM 1-27-08 at 7:49pm:
According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Adam Jones is headed to Baltimore in an Erik Bedard trade. Jones was pulled from the Lara Cardinals’ lineup today in Venezuela. Cardinals manager Luis Sojo confirmed Jones went to Baltimore for a physical.
Baker got in touch with reliever George Sherrill, who has not been informed of any involvement in a trade. When we hear about the other players involved we’ll post it here.