Bedard deal paid off well for Orioles

Adam Jones came to the O's in the Eric Bedard trade. (REUTERS)

Adam Jones came to the O's in the Eric Bedard trade. (REUTERS)

Ken Fidlin, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:29 PM ET

It has been six full seasons since Erik Bedard, the lefty from Navan, Ont., toed the rubber for the Baltimore Orioles but he remains the gift that keeps on giving.

Drafted by the Orioles in June of 1999, Bedard developed into a solid rotation member for Baltimore from 2004 through 2007, winning 40 and losing 34 games. In 2007, he went 13-5 with a 3.19 ERA and finished fifth in the AL Cy Young voting at the age of 28.

Seventy years ago it was Branch Rickey who uttered the famous phrase “Trade a guy one year too early, rather than a year too late.”

In January of 2008, Baltimore’s top baseball exec, Andy MacPhail, set a modern-day record for such timing when he dealt Bedard to the Seattle Mariners for minor-league outfielder Adam Jones, another prospect, Chris Tillman, reliever George Sherrill and pitching prospects Kam Mickolio and Tony Butler.

The 20/20 hindsight of history makes the deal look utterly absurd, given that Bedard, while he made 30 starts for the


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