02/08/2008 3:08 PM ET
Orioles receive five players from Seattle in exchange for Erik Bedard
The Orioles today announced that they have acquired OF Adam Jones, LHP George Sherrill, RHP Chris Tillman, RHP Kam Mickolio and LHP Tony Butler from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for LHP Erik Bedard.
Jones, 22, was Seattle's Minor League Player of the Year for the second time in 2007 after leading Mariners minor leaguers with a .314 batting average, finishing tied for the organization lead in home runs (24) and tied for third in RBI (84). He was named to the AAA All-Star team by both Baseball America and Topps. A right-handed hitting center fielder, he has seen limited action with Seattle each of the last two seasons, hitting .246 with 2 homers and 4 RBI in 41 games this past season. He was Seattle's first round selection (37th overall) in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.
Sherrill, 30, led the Mariners and tied for 7th in the American League with 73 relief appearances last season, going 2-0 with 3 saves and a 2.36 ERA. He limited opponents to a .179 batting average, 3rd lowest among AL relievers, and averaged 11.04 strikeouts per 9.0 IP, 4th best among AL relievers. His 145 appearances over the last two seasons are tied for the most in the AL. Sherrill owns a 10-8 record, with 4 saves and a 3.65 ERA in four seasons with Seattle.
Tillman, 19, was Seattle's Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2007, combining to go 7-11 with a 4.84 ERA in 28 starts at the Class A level last year between Wisconsin and High Desert, with 109 strikeouts in 105.2 innings pitched in his second pro season. The 6-foot-5 hurler was Seattle's 2nd round pick in the 2006 draft.
Mickolio, 23, was the Mariners' 18th round pick in the 2006 draft. The 6-foot-9 reliever combined to go 6-4 with 3 saves and a 2.68 ERA in 32 games between AA West Tennessee and AAA Tacoma last season.
Butler, 20, was Seattle's 3rd round selection in the 2006 draft. The 6-foot-7 pitcher was 4-7 with a 4.75 ERA in 20 games at Class A Wisconsin in 2007.
Bedard, 28, went 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA in 28 starts for the Orioles in 2007, ranking 4th in the AL in ERA. He also ranked 3rd in the league and set the club record with 221 strikeouts before suffering a season-ending right oblique strain in late August. The Orioles' 6th round pick in the 1999 draft, Bedard is 40-34 with a 3.83 ERA in 4-plus seasons in the majors.
Jones and Sherrill will be added to the Orioles' 40-man roster. Tillman and Mickolio have been invited to major league spring training camp as non-roster players. Butler will be assigned to the Orioles' minor league camp. To make room on the 40-man roster for Jones and Sherrill, OF Chris Roberson has been designated for assignment.