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BALTIMORE -- Multiple published reports indicate that the long-rumored Erik Bedard trade may reach completion as early as Monday afternoon. Both ESPN.com and The Baltimore Sun have reported that key players have undergone physical examinations and that the trade is complete pending results, sending Bedard to the Seattle Mariners.


The Orioles will reportedly obtain center fielder Adam Jones, reliever George Sherrill and three pitching prospects in exchange for their staff ace, who set a franchise record with 221 strikeouts last season. The trade has been rumored for more than a week and has survived despite rampant speculation and several reported false alarms.


News first broke of the potential deal when Jones told a reporter in Venezuela that he had been traded to Baltimore. That sent both teams into reactionary denial mode, and the story soon spiraled completely out of control. Both the Sun and Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Monday that Jones was in Baltimore, drawing the trade closer to completion.


Bedard, who's under contractual control for two more seasons, would be the second big piece dealt by the Orioles this winter. Baltimore traded shortstop Miguel Tejada earlier this offseason to start its facelift and may deal second baseman Brian Roberts to complete the process. From there, the team could go in a variety of directions. Jones, who hit .314 with 25 home runs and 84 RBIs for Triple-A Tacoma, was named Seattle's Minor League Player of the Year last season. That was the second time he's earned that designation. Jones, a former shortstop and former first-round Draft pick, made his big-league debut before his 21st birthday and has hit .230 in 139 Major League at-bats.


The long-awaited blockbuster trade that would send Erik Bedard to the Seattle Mariners for five players is finally nearing completion. According to a league source, Adam Jones, the young outfielder who is the centerpiece of the Mariners' offer, is in Baltimore today and the deal is now pending results of physicals.


Should be announced by the end of the day

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