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…while the Yankees and Red Sox keep going back and forth, trying to outdo one another in an effort to acquire Twins LHP Johan Santana, i sense that the Mets are now pushing harder for O’s LHP Erik Bedard than A’s RHP Dan Haren or Joe Blanton

According to a previous report in the Baltimore Sun, the Mets offered Aaron Heilman, Phillip Humber and Carlos Gomez to the Orioles for Bedard, but it was rejected.

However, in today’s Daily News, Roger Rubin writes that it was Lastings Milledge whom the Mets offered, not Gomez.

Rubin quotes a baseball official as saying…

“You put Ryan Church or Gomez in place of Milledge in an offer and it might be a more attractive offer.”

the buzz from baltimore, though, is that the O’s don’t really want to trade bedard, and so he may cost a team more than the Twins get for Johan Santanathey are debating whether to trade him for talent that can help next season or keep him, allow more time for an extension and if it can’t work out they can always trade him next off-season, after which he will still be under control by his new team for one full season

As of now, Santana and C.C. Sabathia are eligible to be free agents after next season, while Brad Penny and Jake Peavy are eligible during the off-season after that, as is Bedard.

so, the time to trade him could be now, since so few quality pitchers are on the open market…

…the Dodgers have long been referenced as bedard’s most aggressive suitor, from whom baltimore will likely request OF Matt Kemp, RHP Jonathan Broxton and RHP Clayton Kershaw, which is a package the Mets cannot compete with…of course, the Dodgers may need many, if not all, of those prospects to get Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins, assuming those talks are still occurring

Speaking of Cabrera, the Marlins left him off of their marketing materials for next season, writes the Palm Beach Post.

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