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Bedard passes physical, officially back with Mariners

Feb 6, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

Erik Bedard headshot.jpgJim Street of reports that Erik Bedard has passed his physical, paving the way for his return to Seattle. Bedard, who turns 31 in March, signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with a mutual option for 2011.

Jon Heyman of tweets that the contract includes incentives that could push him over the $7.5 million he made in 2009. Bedard was 5-3 with a 2.82 ERA in 15 starts with the Mariners last season, but was bothered by shoulder problems once again, and underwent season-ending surgery in August.

When asked by Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune earlier this week, Bedard was optimistic that he would be ready to pitch again by May, but gave no firm expectation on a date for his return. At best, he’ll slot behind Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee. At worst, he’ll be the same disappointment he’s been for the past two seasons. It’s a gamble worth taking with such a low guaranteed salary.

  1. Big John - Feb 6, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    It’s too much of a guarantee. They should start him at about 400G and offer him the opportunity to make the big bucks through his performance. That’s what I’d like to see with a lot of these underachievers.

  2. Steve - Feb 6, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    He’s not a typical underachiever in the Carlos Silva mold; rather, he’s been hurt a lot, but has been extremely effective when he has been able to pitch (sub-3 ERA, and I know ERA isn’t the most definitive stat, but it’s still correlated with good pitching). Given that Ben Sheets is getting $8MM, risking $1.5MM on Bedard seems reasonable; they’re recovering from similar injuries and had similar pre-injury abilities. A rotation order of Felix, RRS, Cliff Lee, Bedard, and Snell-or-Fister will throw a lot of different looks at opponents, and all six of these guys have a pretty good idea how to pitch, even if Snell, Fister, and RRS lack the pure stuff of Lee, Felix, and a healthy Bedard.
    If the M’s use him sparingly and make the playoffs — two big ifs — a playoff rotation of Felix/Lee/Bedard will be tough to beat. Of course, there is still the problem that even if you throw a shutout you can’t win if you can’t get a runner across the plate yourself….

  3. Big Fish - Feb 6, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    This trio will all be 18 game winners and Griffey gets his world series!

  4. IdahoMariner - Feb 7, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    I second Steve’s “he’s not a typical underachiever” with — he’s not an underachiever. He’s AWESOME when he’s healthy, even if he doesn’t go more than 5 or 6 innings (don’t know if that is the fault of the injuries) — I’d rather have 5 or 6 innings of his stuff, with the other team only getting 0 or 1 runs, than 6 or 7 innings of Washburn giving up 1 or 2 home runs…not that I’d mind a half year from Wash like the beginning of last year.

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