The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec was able to get in touch with Erik Bedard this evening. Bedard’s quotes paint a story of his team not attempting to sign him to an extension. He says how there are a lot more talks about trading him than signing him. He accuses the Orioles of "playing it both ways." Bedard is certain about one thing – he has no desire to be part of a rebuilding effort.
Andy MacPhail says Bedard’s agent suggested a one-year deal and denied the Orioles’ multiyear overtures. MacPhail’s version sounds more accurate, given that Bedard’s agent acknowledged the Orioles’ "conceptual" talks about signing him through 2010.
Zrebiec thinks a deal could happen with the Mariners next week, of course centered around Adam Jones. The Orioles covet Chris Tillman and Carlos Triunfel as well, though Triunfel may be untouchable.