The talented but inury-prone lefty's been great this year, right? Right. But you know what? The trade that sent reliever George Sherrill, Adam Jones and a trio of talented minor leaguers to Baltimore in exchange for the soon-to-be free agent still ranks as one of the worst in Mariner history. Why? Adam Fucking Jones, who, at the age of 23, is starting to live up to the expectations of those who had him pegged as Willie Mays reincarnate. His .358 batting average and 21 RBIs would be tops on the Mariners this year, and the bullpen certainly wouldn't kick the ever-steady Sherrill out of the sack either. In fact, they'd tuck his ass in.
So unless the 30-year-old Bedard remains a Mariner for the next half-dozen years, guiding the team back to AL-elite status through a series of healthy, 17-plus win, 200-plus strikeout seasons, this one'll remain the dud it looked to be last year. Where's our money? On Bedard -- and Adrian Beltre -- getting dealt to contenders around the trading deadline in exchange for prospects to restock the M's ransacked minor league cupboards.