"We were concerned about giving up too much. That's why we moved only one of those guys. We didn't move Morrow, Clement or Balentien, all those players they were annoyed that we wouldn't move."But for many fans, just moving Jones represents a major gamble. He could turn into a superstar for the next decade while the club has the rights to Bedard for just two years -- pending talks of an extension. Bavasi was ready to take that risk if it means Bedard can help this club return to the postseason for the first time since 2001. Bavasi has done this kind of deal in the past. When he was general manager with the Anaheim Angels in 1995, he made a trading deadline deal with the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Jim Abbott. "I traded four can't-miss guys who you can't remember now," he said. He's not saying that Baltimore did the same thing. In fact, he believes Jones will be a quality player, Sherrill is already and Bavasi believes at least two of the other three pitchers have a chance to be significant big league contributors. "But our system developed a top-of-the-rotation guy," he said. "Bedard is the result of our farm system. That's the result of our farm guys finding players that Baltimore wanted." Now, after this trade, what shape is the farm system in? "I think it's still in very healthy shape," he said. "The fact that we're still able to talk about those guys [Morrow, Clement, Balentien] after having made this deal, it's a pretty healthy system."
Bob Sherwin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less