Originally Posted by REDREAD
Sure, no team truly gives up.
I'm sure the Pirates are crossing their fingers and hoping for the best too.
I just see the Hamilton trade as a clear sign that Wayne decided he just wasn't going to get it done this year.
Again, perhaps when he brought Dusty and Cordero on board, he was looking at 2009 or 2010, and we just got overly excited.
IMO, we are out of the Bedard race. From what we read, Baltimore wants 3-4 prospects, and Wayne is only willing to give up one. That pretty much takes us out of it.
Some other team will be able to top our offer of Homer easily (or whichever one prospect we are willing to deal).
I see the Hamilton/Volzquez trade as a way to still compete this year, but really look strong heading forward from that point rather than a realization that we aren't getting it done this year.
IMO, everyone is out of the Bedard race until the Orioles figure out their asking price is too much.