Mariners Vs. Baltimore

The talented but inury-prone lefty Erik Bedard has been great this year (when healthy). But you know what? The trade that sent reliever George Sherrill, outfielder 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? The 23-year-old Jones is starting to live up to the expectations of those who had him pegged as Willie Mays reincarnate. If he were still a Mariner, Jones would be leading the offensively-anemic team in batting average and runs batted in. As for Sherrill, J.J. Putz’s onetime set-up man who’s now Baltimore’s closer, the bullpen certainly wouldn’t kick him out of the sack, especially in light of Brandon Morrow’s recent struggles. And let’s not forget about Chris Tillman, a promising starting pitcher who’s tearing it up in Baltimore’s minor league system. So unless the 30-year-old Bedard remains a Mariner for the next half-dozen years, guiding the team back to 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. With the Orioles in town through Wednesday, it’ll give Mariner fans a uniquely frustrating glimpse at what could have been their future. MIKE SEELY

June 1-3, 7:10 p.m., 2009

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