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UPDATE: Is Orioles owner Peter Angelos holding up the deal?

Sources are reporting that Seattle Mariners super prospect Adam Jones has been pulled from winter ball and is on his way back to the U.S. to take a physical in Baltimore. Presumably the highly-touted outfielder has been dealt to the O’s in exchange for Baltimore’s lefty ace Erik Bedard. Via Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times:

Adam Jones has left his Venezuelan Winter League team and flies to Baltimore tomorrow morning to take a physical so he can be dealt to the Orioles in exchange for pitcher Erik Berdard. No word yet on how many players going Baltimore’s way.

Baker also has got some quotes from Jones, who spoke to a reporter from Diario Panorama in Venezuela today.

On the actual deal itself: “(Bill Bavasi) called me yesterday and told me the news. I’ve got to go to Baltimore tomorrow morning and handle things there. I’m the centerpiece of the deal on the Mariners side. It’s an honor to get traded for such a highly talented pitcher as Bedard is. He’s one of the best. Last year he finished up as arguably one of the top candidates for the Cy Young. He’s that good, so for me it’s an honor. You know, I like Seattle, but if I am in Baltimore, as I think now I am, I’m going to embrace it and have the best time of my life in Major League Baseball.”

The Mets made it known during the Winter Meetings that they coveted Bedard, perhaps even more so than Johan Santana, however Omar Minaya does not have a prospect like Adam Jones in his cupboard. Meanwhile, how frustrated must the Minnesota Twins be right about now? Baltimore has reeled in the exact sort of offer that the Twins have been desperately seeking, while in Minnesota, Santana’s gigantic price tag seems to have dashed those hopes.

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