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Bedard Alive and Pitching

Earlier we mentioned Chris Tillman -- listed as Baseball America's 22nd best prospect -- now we look at the player the Orioles gave up to get him (and four other players), Erik Bedard.

Bedard, who was happy to get out of Baltimore after no longer wanting to be part of a rebuilding process, joined a Mariners club expected to challenge for the AL West.

Clearly that did not happen.

The Mariners finished with a worse record than the Orioles (61-101 compared to 68-93 (a game against Oakland was never made up)) despite a $117 million payroll.

Adding injury to insult, Bedard suffered through hip troubles and back spasms before being shelved for the season to undergo surgery to remove a cyst from his pitching shoulder.

Now Bedard is working to get back. The mercurial left-hander faced live batting for the first time since his surgery, pitching a scoreless inning during an intrasquad game and says he feels healthy.

It was just two years ago that Bedard was the only reason to watch an Orioles game after June in his breakout 2007 season and considered one of the best young lefties in the game. Now his name is attached to a fleecing as the Orioles pried away centerfielder Adam Jones, all-star closer George Sherrill, the aforementioned Tillman, and two other prospects from since-fired Mariners general manager Bill Bavasi.

By CJ Holley  |  February 24, 2009; 3:44 PM ET
Categories:  Mariners , Orioles  
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