Sunday, February 10, 2008

These are the stakes these days

What does it take to get a No. 1 lefty starter in the Major Leagues, besides $137.5 million over six years?

How about a No. 1 overall prospect, a minor league organizational pitcher of the year, another "top arm" and two more pitchers.

Five guys -- most notably Adam Jones, whose closest comparisons on Baseball Prospectus include Elijah Dukes, Brandon Phillips and Carlos Beltran -- are going to Baltimore for one Erik Bedard. The folks at U.S.S. Mariner aren't enthused with the trade, though we have a feeling they'll change their minds when they actually see Bedard in Safeco.

Then again, things might change again when Jones and Co. turn into Jermaine Dye, Francisco Liriano and Joe Nathan. So it goes in baseball.

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