The Orioles' negotiations with pitcher Erik Bedard have apparently stalled, and they are listening to offers for him. A couple of thoughts:
1) If Baltimore is truly willing to trade him, the loser of the Santana derby is going to get a nice consolation prize. Maybe one that is even better than the grand prize considering how much less one would have to give up and pay on an extension. I mean, Bedard is really good -- 3.16 ERA, 221Ks and 57 walks in 182 innings; he's eight days older than Santana and had a better 2007 -- but he doesn't have the hardware or extended track record to demand Santana money;
2) If you're an Orioles fan and they do trade Bedard, I'm pretty sure you have blanket immunity to give Peter Angelos atomic wedgies more or less whenever you want. Seriously, I think the Maryland legislature passed it as law during a special session in October.