Erik Bedard’s name isn’t mentioned by Bavasi, but it’s clear that he’s talking about him.
First, Bavasi still expects to get a deal done for a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher. He never mentions names, but it’s clear he was talking about Erik Bedard. It’s also clear that Bavasi feels this team is ready to challenge for a playoff spot and is ready to give up Adam Jones and plenty of other names to get a deal done.
“We’re in a position now where we have to do our best to make those moves for a top-of-the-rotation guy so we can slot the rest of the rotation where it should be,” he said. “We feel we have to make a move — one more move.”
Lots of good quotes here
Bavasi says he’s already put his best offer on the table and that it’s now a waiting game. He says there’s been a genuine reluctance by some clubs to part with young prospects, but “we’re not one of those clubs. We’re prepared to move…but there is a limit.”
“I don’t think you can give a club its terms and its price,” he said. “We can move a premier prospect and numbers (of players), but we’re not going to move a number of premier prospects.”
“As I’m sitting here today, I think we will (get a deal done),” he said. “I think there’s a good chance of that.”
To Sum it up:
-Bavasi wants to win now.
-He isn’t scared to trade his prospects.
-His “best” offer is on the table.
-He thinks a deal will happen.
Maybe his best deal is on the table. Maybe it isn’t. But its obvious that talks are pretty heated. Let’s hope that a deal (the right deal) happens and we can move on with a good package of prospects (anchored by Adam Jones) from the M’s. I think this deal will happen because Bavasi needs the Mariners to win now. They weren’t bad last season, but need a little more. With Bedard anchoring their staff, Felix can move to the number two spot and take some pressure off him. That’s a nasty 1 2 punch.
I’m sure the coming days will have more talk, let’s hope for some action.