BALTIMORE - The long-delayed trade between the Orioles and Mariners involving pitcher Erik Bedard has come to fruition.
Baltimore has agreed to ship the left-hander to Seattle in exchange for outfielder Adam Jones, who probably will be the O's starting center fielder on opening day, relief pitcher George Sherrill and three minor league pitching prospects.
Bedard was Baltimore's opening-day starter last year. He ranked among the American League leaders in several pitching categories before a rib injury ended his season in late August.
The departure of the 28-year-old Bedard signals yet another shift to a more-youthful lineup under Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. Former American League MVP Miguel Tejada was traded to Houston on December 12th.
The 22-year-old Jones was Seattle's top pick in the 2003 amateur draft. He batted .246 in 41 games with the Mariners last season and hit .314 with 25 home runs and 84 RBIs for Triple-A Tacoma.