Here’s the latest on the Erik Bedard front.
- The Mariners are still hot on the trail of Bedard, based on comments made by GM Bill Bavasi (unless some other elite pitcher is in play suddenly). Apparently the Orioles are holding up the deal.
- Meanwhile Jason Churchill of Prospect Insider (righthand sidebar) says the two sides are at an impasse. He expects an announcement by the middle of next week, or else for Bedard to stay put. Andy MacPhail seems to want things settled by February 13th, when pitchers and catchers report.
- The Reds are out of the running for Bedard.