Great Erik Bedard discussion on Tuesday. Not sure you pushed me off the fence one way or the other, though I agree with those that argue you can't have enough pitching.
I think it will come down to how much he is looking for. The Orioles won't be getting a discount, so it's likely they'll be outbid. But if all things are equal, I believe Bedard would consider Baltimore.
Yes, the Toronto Blue Jays would have the edge. But Bedard says publicly -- as well privately to some old teammates -- that he really liked it in Baltimore. So you can't dismiss a return here -- if the money is right.
To another pitching topic: On Wednesday night Randy Johnson goes for his 300th win, and he'll attempt it against baseball's current Homecoming opponent, the struggling Washington Nationals. Conventional wisdom says he gets it Wednesday, but baseball has never acquiesced to conventional wisdom.
That said, Johnson will get 300 eventually. If not Wednesday, then a start in the near future. And it's possible he'll be the last one to reach that milestone.
The next closest is Jamie Moyer, who has 250 wins and is 46 years old. It's possible, I guess, but he'd probably have to do it at age 49.
Including Moyer, there are only seven pitchers who have between 150 and 299 wins: Andy Pettitte (age 37, 220 wins), Pedro Martinez (37, 214, currently without a team), John Smoltz (42, 210, hasn't pitched in the majors yet in 2009), Tim Wakefield (42, 184), Bartolo Colon (36, 153) and Livan Hernandez (supposedly 34, 151).
There are no definites on that list. In fact, I don't think any of them get there. Looking ahead, CC Sabathia is the only pitcher under age 30 with at least 120 wins; he has 122.
Sabathia could do it, or maybe Roy Halladay (age 32, 139). But they'd have to pitch well into their 40s.
So I'm not sure it gets done ever again.
Daily Think Special: After Randy Johnson, will a pitcher again reach 300 wins? If so, predict the pitcher.