Originally Posted by Spitball
I have to believe the Orioles have absolutely no interest in trading Bedard. He has developed into an ace and should be their number one starter to build their team around.
I wouldn't say he's developed as far as an ace. He's still too inconsistent. He didn't have a great first two months of the season, with an ERA of 3.69 in April and 7.85 in May. He's had a good June and a great July so far however.
But is he really a guy the Orioles are going to build their staff around? The team is full aging veterans in Melvin Mora, Miguel Tejada, Javy Lopez, and Kris Benson. Besides Chris Ray (who's going to be a great closer), Nick Markakis, Brandon Fahey, and Adam Loewen, I can see everybody being available.
And on the topic of Jason LaRue's market value, what about Ramon Hernandez? Besides Joe Maurer, Pudge, and maybe A.J. Pierzynski, he's been the best catcher in the A.L.