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MLB Rumors: Erik Bedard and Dan Haren

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With the Johan Santan talks dragging on, attention will turn toward the Baltimore Orioles' Erik Bedard, and a couple of pitcher from the Oakland A's.  Here is some of the latest information on both fronts.

Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly reports there has been no change since Monday in talks dealing with Erik Bedard.  GM Andy MacPhail says there are a handful of teams who could meet the teams desire for young players.  Amongst them are the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds.

John Fay writes the Reds' GM Wayne Krivsky may be willing to part with SP Homer Bailey in a deal for a high-end starting pitcher (read: Erik Bedard and Dan Haren).  If so, then this could be a surprise entry into the High Roller Starting Pitcher Sweepstakes.  The Reds do have some pieces with josh hamilton and Edwin Encarnacion who could combine with Bailey to make an attractive package.

Geoff Baker reports the Mariners appear to be the best fit for Oriole's ace, Erik Bedard.  "The Orioles are thought to be seeking center fielder Adam Jones, pitcher Brandon Morrow and another arm or bat."  Bakers mentions reliever Sean green and OF Wladimir Balentien as possible thirds.

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Rick Hurd reports the A's are waiting for "an offer that truly knocked [GM Billy Beane's] socks off" if the team were to deal either Dan Haren or Joe Blanton, two pitchers who are under control for the next three seasons.  Hurd does mention what it might take to make Beane head to Target for a six-pack of athletic footwear.

The conventional thinking around the meetings is that Haren will have to net as much as Johan Santana, the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner from the Minnesota Twins whose eventual landing point remains the primary focus of the meetings. A National League source said Beane will ask only slightly less for Blanton, who was pursued by the Dodgers at last season's trade deadline.