If you can get young pitchers Philip Humber and Aaron Heilman and elite outfield prospect Carlos Gomez from the Mets in exchange for Erik Bedard, you pull the trigger on that deal. And if you actually show even mild interest in Japanese pitcher (and Yankee bust) Kei Igawa, as the Orioles supposedly did, according to The Journal News’ Peter Abraham, you should be lined up against a wall and blindfolded before that trigger is pulled. No last meal allowed!

I appreciate team president Andy MacPhail making absolutely sure Bedard won’t sign an extension before any trade is consummated, but I think most of us would agree that the left-hander isn’t going to retire as an Oriole. Unless they overwhelm him with an offer – something in the Barry Zito range that only an idiot would turn down – he’s likely to test the free agent market. I’ll add that this is only my opinion. Bedard hasn’t pulled me aside and said, "I’m outta here!" But I’d wager heavily that he’s gone after 2009, so if the Mets want to hand over Humber, Heilman and Gomez, take them – unless the Dodgers, Mariners or Yankees can do better. And quickly, before the Mets change their minds.

Imagine Bedard wearing Yankee pinstripes. Now sit down and place your head between your knees before you pass out.

The Yankees have outstanding young pitching that I’d scarf like my Thanksgiving dinner if they were willing to give it up for Bedard. Toss in Melky Cabrera and we’re set. But I haven’t seen any signs yet that they’re willing to go that far – as in Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes far.

Heck, I’d take Ed Figueroa and Mickey Rivers, just to watch Bedard’s daily interaction with the New York media. But that’s just me.

(By the way, and purely by accident, I just packaged two former Yankees who actually were involved in the same trade in December 1975 for Bobby Bonds).

My first choice, still, is for the homegrown Bedard to remain an Oriole. Make a legitimate offer. Make two of them. Enough of determining parameters and opening the lines of communication with his agent. Be aggressive. And then take the best offer once that fails – an offer that bolsters your rotation, bullpen and lineup.

Quick jump of topics before I jump in the shower: I texted Brady Anderson a few nights ago about the rumor that he was going to appear on "Dancing With The Stars." His reply arrived around 4 a.m. and left no doubt that the rumor was unfounded.

I won’t provide a transcription, since it wasn’t a formal interview and I never indicated that we were on the record, but it was predictably hilarious and a tad graphic.

Let’s just say Brady had his own idea for the show and it would be a real ratings-grabber.

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