Bedard Trade Pays Big for O's

Every time the Orioles visit SafeCo Field in Seattle, I can't help but wonder if the Mariners cringe at the thought of what they gave up to the O's two years ago.

At the time, the M's were coming off an 88-win season and saw Erik Bedard as the missing piece they needed to make a playoff push in 2008. There's no question he's a phenomenal left-handed pitcher.

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But, no one player is worth what the Mariners gave up to get Bedard. It was a five-for-one deal.

Granted, at the time, nobody knew exactly how well the trade would fare for the Birds. Andy MacPhail went for strength in numbers.

Maybe it was luck, or maybe it was good scouting, but boy did it work out in the Orioles' favor.

Here's who the O's recieved, and how they've faired since coming to Baltimore in the winter of 2008:

Adam Jones---2009 AL All-Star
George Sherill---2008 AL All-Star
Kam Mickolio---Recalled from AAA Norfolk July 6th where he hasn't given up an earned run in his last seven outings.
Chris Tillman---Will play in the XM Futures All-Star Game next week
Tony Butler---Recovering from shoulder surgery with Delmarva

I'd say two All-Stars, a hard throwing reliever, and a pitching prospect playing in the Futures All-Star game are pretty good gets. MacPhail can put that trade in the win column.

Meanwhile Erik Bedard gets the start tomorrow against the Birds. He's battled injuries for the past two years since leaving Baltimore and has had three stints on the disabled list.