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Mark Pieper, who represents Erik Bedard and Brian Roberts and has become a household name around here, just sent out an e-mail to Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec and a few others, disputing the MLB.com story posted last night that said the Orioles contacted Bedard late Sunday night about signing an extension and learned that the left-hander is seeking a seven-year, $100 million deal.

Make your own judgment. I’m just passing it along.

The report that appeared yesterday regarding Erik Bedard on MLB.com is wholly inaccurate and contains nothing factual. Quite honestly, that type of journalism is irresponsible and reckless.

Do any of you longtime Orioles fans remember an offseason quite like this one?

If the trade eventually goes down and Bedard becomes a Mariner, where would you rank it on the list of all-time Orioles deals, as far as the magnitude of it? I know there could be varying interpretations of “magnitude.” I don’t necessarily mean how it worked in the club’s favor, since we have no idea at this point. I just mean with regard to a big name coming or leaving the organization.

For example, acquiring Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas immediately comes to mind. So does the Glenn Davis deal. And Eddie Murray going to Los Angeles, of course. And Scott McGregor, Rick Dempsey and Tippy Martinez coming to Baltimore.

Earl “Big Money” Williams? Yes, we’d have to go there. Ken Singleton and Mike Torrez for Dave McNally and Rich Coggins? Absolutely.

Any others?

Does the Miguel Tejada trade qualify? I guess it depends on how many we're listing.
You could argue that Bedard doesn't belong there, given his modest accomplishments until last season. 
Fire away.
For all the Mark Teixeira fans out there, here’s a little something out of Hot-lanta:

General manager Frank Wren, formerly of the Orioles (circa 1999), isn’t sure how the one-year, $12.5 million contract that Teixeira signed could affect future negotiations on a long-term deal, but the Braves are hoping it’s good sign.

“I just know that we'll continue working at it, " Wren said.

Wren has engaged in recent talks with agent Scott Boras.
"We've had quite a bit of dialogue," he said

The Braves and Teixeira won’t speculate whether the Severna Park native will file for free agency after the 2008 season, but that seems to be the case. He might command $20 million or more annually on the open market and most insiders doubt the Braves will be able to sign him this year.

If he signs with the Yankees…OK, I’m not going to think about it.

Wasn’t Don Mattingly his favorite player? And Mattingly isn’t in the organization any longer.

I’m still thinking about it.
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