On February 8th, 2008, the Seattle Mariners pulled the trigger on a deal with the Baltimore Orioles to acquire Erik Bedard, a southpaw who finished 5th in the 2007 Cy Young voting. By all accounts, it was a good move for a Mariners franchise which was looking to end a long playoff drought. The price Seattle paid – pitching prospects Kam Mickolio and Chris Tillman, along with reliever George Sherrill and a young Adam Jones – seemed reasonable. That was 11 years ago. That trade is now considered one of the best in Orioles history, vice-versa for the Mariners.
As Hall of Fame votes continue to come out, Curt Schilling is next on our list. The former All-Star starting pitcher enjoyed an illustrious 20-year career between five different big league clubs. Looking at his seventh year on the ballot, how does Schilling stack up against the greats and what are his chances?
The deal is done and Manny Machado is going west and is now going to be playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Everyone in the baseball world knew that Machado would be traded and there were rumors that he would be joining the Phillies, Braves, and even the Yankees. But in the end, the Dodgers won the Manny Machado Sweepstakes.
Every year there are teams who rise to the top because of an unsung hero, a rookie stepping in, or a triumphant return from injury by a veteran. On the flip side, there are teams who are at the bottom and underachieving or simply too young and rebuilding. Here are the bottom 10 teams in the league and some bright spots that those teams can possibly build on moving forward.