The Orioles have traded 28 year old lefty starter Erik Bedard to the Mariners for outfielder Adam Jones and pitchers George Sherrill, Chris Tillman, Tony Butler and Kam Mickolio. Bedard was the ace of the Orioles last season as he started 28 games and he was 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Bedard also was among the league leaders in strikeouts with 221 in 182 innings. Bedard finishes up his Orioles career having worked in 114 games (111 starts) and he has compiled a 40-34 record with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.
22-year old center fielder Adam Jones was the most important player the Orioles got in return for Bedard. He has been one of the most highly ranked prospects in all of baseball the last couple of seasons and he will be the starting centerfielder for the Orioles both now and in the future. He played in 41 games for the Mariners last season and he was 16 for 65 (.246 avg., .700 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 2 homers, 4 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Jones has now played in 73 games in his major league career and he is 32 for 139 (.230 avg, .620 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 3 homers, 12 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Jones has whiffed 43 times this season which has hurt him at times but it’s hard for a young player whose playing time is very sporadic. Look for him to be a force in the near future for the Orioles.
30 year old lefty reliever George Sherrill could be the Orioles stopper. He will compete with lefty Jamie Walker and righty Chad Bradford for the job. Sherrill pitched in 73 games last season for the Mariners and he was 2-0 with 3 saves, a 2.36 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. Sherrill has now pitched in 195 games (0 starts) in his major league career and he is 10-8 with 4 saves, a 3.65 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Sherrill also has 138 whiffs in 128.1 innings which shows what kind of stuff he has.
23-year old righty reliever Kam Mickolio is a huge man at 6’9′, 256 pounds and he brings the heat. Mickolio pitched in 32 games (0 starts) last season in AA+AAA ball and he was 6-4 with 3 saves, a 2.68 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Mickolio also had 55 whiffs in 53.2 innings which shows his stuff. He will have a good chance to break spring training with the Orioles.
19-year old righty Chris Tillman started 28 games in A-Ball and he was 7-11 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. He did whiff 139 batters in 135.2 innings which proves he has the stuff to succeed he just needs to learn the art of pitching a little better.
20 year old lefty Tony Butler pitched in 20 games (18 starts) in A-Ball last season and he was 4-7 with a 4.75 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. He has a huge upside.
In summation, this trade helps both teams. The Mariners get Bedard to head their starting rotation and the Orioles get a lot of prospects with nice upsides.
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