1:30pm: Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is officially done. The Mariners send Adam Jones, Chris Tillman, George Sherrill, Tony Butler, and Kam Mickolio to Baltimore for Erik Bedard. I’ll have some analysis on the deal later this afternoon. Rosenthal also notes that the Cubs "remain heavily interested" in Brian Roberts, so that deal could be next as the gutting of the Orioles continues.
10:45am: Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times says Erik Bedard‘s physical could carry over into today. That means an announcement will come this afternoon at the earliest, or perhaps Saturday. Baker also goes into some detail about 27 year-old Venezuelan baseball writer Augusto Cardenas, who helped start this debacle.
For a change of pace, think of the human element to this story. It’ll make it more interesting. Read SI.com’s recent profile on Bedard. Anyone who breaks up the day with a few rounds of RBI Baseball is alright by me.
I think video game designers are so focused on graphics these days that they neglect gameplay. A game like RBI Baseball is more inclusive and fun than the current stuff. People of all ages can figure it out in two minutes and have a good time. Isn’t that the point?