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Another day, another denial

Here’s the latest via ESPN

When Jones was quoted as saying the deal was completed, this created a rules question, sources say: If the Jones went for his physical examination, would the Orioles then be beholden to accept him, even if the physical exam did not go well.

The Orioles have asked the Mariners for written language that Seattle will submit Jones and Sherrill for a physical examination by the Orioles — and if they pass physicals, then and only then will Baltimore be obligated to finish the trade. The inherent risk for the Mariners is that if either Jones or Sherrill were to flunk their physicals in Baltimore, then the respective value of the players would be diminished within the industry.

 Apparently, Jones’ admission that the trade happened created this ‘rules issue.’

Roch says that Bedard’s agent has said the extension talk is nonsense.

Mark Pieper, who represents Erik Bedard and Brian Roberts and has become a household name around here, just sent out an e-mail to Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec and a few others, disputing the MLB.com story posted last night that said the Orioles contacted Bedard late Sunday night about signing an extension and learned that the left-hander is seeking a seven-year, $100 million deal.

Make your own judgment. I’m just passing it along. The report that appeared yesterday regarding Erik Bedard on MLB.com is wholly inaccurate and contains nothing factual. Quite honestly, that type of journalism is irresponsible and reckless.

So the extension ISN’T happening? I’m ready to get off this rollercoaster. Since Sunday, we’re gone from:

-Adam Jones telling a reporter that he’s been pulled from Venezuela and will be flying to Baltimore to take a physical because he’s the centerpiece in a trade for Erik Bedard.

-Andy MacPhail saying this is not true and Adam Jones wouldn’t be in Baltimore for anything as far as he knew.

-Peter Angelos in the hospital, but don’t worry he’s well enough to nix a deal.

-Adam Jones supposedly has a degenerative hip (not true)

-Angelos is mad about the deal leaking out and wants more as a result.

-MacPhail said talks are ongoing with Mariners but he’s listening to other teams (Jon Heymen says Cleveland made a late bid to get in on this.

-Word comes from MLB.com that Angelos wants to resign Bedard longterm (5 years 100 million) and that if they can’t resign him….the trade is on.

-Bedard’s agent says that’s a lie and that there are no talks for an extension

-The trade could happen any minute now….or not.

Will we know tomorrow? I’m not holding my breath.

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