|Mariners ask Jones to return from Venezuela amid reports of Bedard trade|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 27 January 2008 22:07|
Mariners spokesman Tim Hevly confirmed Sunday night the team had requested the return of Jones, who was expected to be one of Seattle's starting outfielders when the season begins.
``We did ask Adam to come back from Venezuela,'' Hevly said, declining to give a reason for the request.
That confirmation followed Sunday's Seattle Times report that Mariners general manager Bill Bavasi was making Jones the centerpiece of a deal for Bedard. The Times, citing comments obtained from a Venezuelan newspaper, reported Jones said he'd discussed the deal with Bavasi and was going to Baltimore on Monday for a physical.
Last week, Bavasi said his team, a surprise contender last summer until a weak starting rotation finally collapsed in September, expects to have a newly acquired opening-day starter on March 31 against Texas.
``We are at the point now where we have to try to make these moves to get that top-of-the-rotation guy, to slot the rest of the rotation,'' Bavasi said Thursday. ``We feel we have to make one more move.''
The 28-year-old Bedard went 13-5 last season with a 3.16 ERA and 221 strikeouts, third in the AL. He's currently scheduled for an arbitration hearing next month, with the left-hander asking for $8 million per season and Baltimore countering at $6 million.
Jones, who will turn 23 this summer, hit .246 in 41 games last year.