If all of the physical exams and doctors’ evaluations go smoothly — which might be asking too much in this twisted deal — the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles might finally complete their trade by Wednesday.
As of Monday night, that seems to be the timeline based on the need to have the key players in the deal checked out. Adam Jones and George Sherrill of the Mariners were in Baltimore for their physicals on Monday, but Erik Bedard wasn’t expected to have his physical until Tuesday at the earliest. As of Monday night, Bedard hadn’t ben told to leave for Seattle, the Baltimore Sun said.
The trade would bring Bedard to the Mariners as their No. 1 starting pitcher in exchange for Jones, Sherrill and three minor league pitchers, Chris Tillman, Kam Mickolio and Tony Butler.
The minor leaguers most likely won’t need to have physicals for the trade to go through. Even so, neither Tillman nor Butler had been told anything officially from the Mariners as of early Monday evening. That came from a Mariners teammate who’d spent most of the afternoon bowling with Tillman and Butler in Peoria, Ariz., where they’re all working out at the Mariners’ spring training facility.