Mariners Re-Sign Erik Bedard

The Mariners officially re-signed Erik Bedard today to a one year deal worth $1.5MM guaranteed with a mutual option for 2011 worth $8MM. Incentives based on games and time in the majors could bring the total payout in 2010 close to $8.5MM, and there are similar escalators for 2011 as well. The southpaw started throwing at his Navan, Ontario home last month, and said the Mariners were his "first choice."

Bedard, 31 in March, believes he could be pitching in May after having surgery last August to repair a frayed labrum and inflamed bursa in his throwing shoulder, though a June or July return may be more realistic. He'd previously had a shoulder procedure in September of '08 to remove a cyst. The Mariners were satisfied enough with his physical to go forward with the deal. 

Hip and arm injuries have limited Bedard to just 30 starts and 164 innings since initially coming to Seattle in a six-player blockbuster with the Orioles two years ago, however those were high quality innings: 3.24 ERA, 8.9 K/9, 3.87 FIP. Once healthy, he'll slot in behind Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee to form a potent 1-2-3 punch in the Great Northwest. 

GM Jack Zduriencik has been a very busy man this winter. In addition to bringing back Bedard, he also imported in Lee, Chone FigginsMilton Bradley, Eric Byrnes, Brandon League, Ryan Garko, and Casey Kotchman while locking up Hernandez and Franklin Gutierrez to long-term deals. The Orioles, Royals, and Red Sox also had varying degrees of interest in Bedard this offseason. 

MLB.com's Jim Street initially reported the agreement, while Marc Brassard of Le Droit confirmed the deal and the terms. Kirby Arnold of The Everett Herald, Larry LaRue of The News Tribune, Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com (Twitter), and Larry Stone of The Seattle Times (Twitter) added details along the way. 

Mike Axisa contributed to this post.


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166 Comments on "Mariners Re-Sign Erik Bedard"


diehardmets
5 years 6 months ago

Imagine a 1-2-3 of Felix-Lee-Bedard if Bedard is healthy. In the playoffs, that would be untouchable!

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Don’t forget about Snelly.

bucs_lose_again
5 years 6 months ago

I would NOT want to rely on Snell for any innings in the playoffs if I were a Mariners fan.

5 years 6 months ago

I’d take RRS over Snelly

fitz
5 years 6 months ago

That would be pretty awesome to see.

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

How could they be re-considering a guy when it doesn’t seem like he’s ever going to be ready to pitch?

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

well hes obviously not going to get that much money. probably an incentive laden deal.

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

Yeah, the kind of deal that says, “here’s some cash just in case you happen to pitch this season.”

marinersbaseball08
5 years 6 months ago

Because the risk is worth the reward in this case a 1-2-3 With The King And Lee And Bedard Will be dominate in the play offs…

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

Well, despite my love for the Angels, I would love to see you guys get there this year – for a change. If you do, I just wonder if Bedard will still be with you at that point. If he is…that playoff rotation would be just sick! Hope we get to see it.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

When he’s on, He’s downright nasty.

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

He’s pretty nasty alright – both on and off the field!

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

The guy is hopeful of a may return.

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

Or…the guy is hopeful, and he may return. 😉

Dermick
5 years 6 months ago

They have already had a good offseason if they dont spend too much on Bedard it would be a good signing. When they signed him before they were expecting hinm to be an Ace til Felix was ready now he’s ready and they have Cliff Lee so if they sign him cheap there really is no downside if he stays healthy they would have a very good starting rotation.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Question is…Bedard or Washburn?

JohnDavidWSU
5 years 6 months ago

Bedard AND Washburn.

dandretti
5 years 6 months ago

Did anyone notice that Prospectus has the M’s finishing last in the AL West? I really don’t see that happening.

link to baseballprospectus.com

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

I agree with you. Last year they used Pecota to predict the Indians winning the AL Central.

bjsguess
5 years 6 months ago

There’s obviously some issues with the system. 2 90 win teams in all of baseball? There were 7 last year.

That said, I have the M’s finishing 3rd behind the Angels and Rangers. Just barely ahead of the A’s.

raffish
5 years 6 months ago

right. I’ve got the angels last, miles behind the A’s.

ugen64
5 years 6 months ago

what’s “wrong” with their system is that, like any projection system, they expect every player to have an “average” season. the way you get a 90 win team is if a lot of your good players have excellent seasons – like the Yankees got out of Posada, Jeter, A-Rod, etc., and nobody has a below average season.

as for the Indians, if you want to criticize PECOTA for that, then you should also be criticizing the CHONE projections which had the Indians finishing top of the AL Central with 90 wins:

link to baseballprojection.com

not_brooks
5 years 6 months ago

It’s ridiculous to criticize standings projections, as standings projections are ridiculous.

Sure, they’re fun, but they’re always wrong. How can anyone seriously attempt to predict what’s going to happen over a 162 game season when injuries, slumps and all sorts of other variables are involved?

not_brooks
5 years 6 months ago

It’s ridiculous to criticize standings projections, as standings projections are ridiculous.

Sure, they’re fun, but they’re always wrong. How can anyone seriously attempt to predict what’s going to happen over a 162 game season when injuries, slumps and all sorts of other variables are involved?

ugen64
5 years 6 months ago

what’s “wrong” with their system is that, like any projection system, they expect every player to have an “average” season. the way you get a 90 win team is if a lot of your good players have excellent seasons – like the Yankees got out of Posada, Jeter, A-Rod, etc., and nobody has a below average season.

as for the Indians, if you want to criticize PECOTA for that, then you should also be criticizing the CHONE projections which had the Indians finishing top of the AL Central with 90 wins:

link to baseballprojection.com

srj206
5 years 6 months ago

The M’s have to be involved in his rehab process, that’s the way it works… They have to foot his medical bill until he signs with someone else.

IloveWa
5 years 6 months ago

What do you maen “he’s nasty on and off the field”???

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

He’s got great stuff & execution (when he’s healthy) on the field, but the fact that he is also irritable and sullen in the locker room is also pretty well documented. He’s like that with media and teammates alike, and doesn’t make excuses for himself. It’s just how he is.

IloveWa
5 years 6 months ago

It would be great to get Bedard for 900,000-1,500,000 plus incentives. But what if our rotation doesnt need him come June?? Set up lefty??

IloveWa
5 years 6 months ago

Yes as of now Bedard may be better than Snell and Washburn. But that could change come June-July. As for Rowland-Smith ever going back to the pen, very very unlikely, he could be a legit 2-3 starter if he can continue to develop.

rockiesfan_303
5 years 6 months ago

Felix/Lee/Bedard/Washburn/Rowland-Smith or Snell

IloveWa
5 years 6 months ago

Im not saying there will be no room in the rotation im just saying RRS is gonna be a main stay in the Ms rotation. And yes Bedard is a GREAT pitcher when healthy, the one problem is he has trouble going deep start to start. The Ms rotation looks like this Hernandez Lee Snell (because he’s right handed) Rowland-Smith Fister (my best guess could be anybody) so the 5 spot may be open to Bedard, but if everybody in the rotation is doing there part going deep, sup 4.40 ERA then Wakamatsu isn’t gonna say your going to make room for Erik to the pen!!! it just wont work that way. But most of the time a rotation will have 1 below average pitcher making room for Bedard.

5 years 6 months ago

What is realistic in this market? Something between 1/2M and 1/3M with incentives that he’ll never reach (i.e. 180 IP) could be a super deal for the Ms. I just wonder if that’s me trying to lowball him as a fan of my team, or if I’m on the money about the kind of deal that Bedard should expect.

bjsguess
5 years 6 months ago

There is NO WAY Bedard takes an incentive based deal with incentives that would be impossible to reach. And that’s exactly what you are proposing.

Incentives should be stretch goals or reasonable expectations. Signing a batter and giving him incentives if he hits 900 PA’s is pretty silly.

That said, $1m guaranteed with another $2m in incentives (100 innings) might be reasonable. It all really comes down to how many innings you think he can give you. Personally, I’m surprised that anyone is really looking at him now. Makes much more sense to see how his rehab is progressing come June. If you need another arm and he is getting close then you make the deal.

50/50 that Bedard gives his 2010 team less than 50 quality innings.

ugen64
5 years 6 months ago

no it’s gotta be like $1m with incentives up to at least $5m

if Bedard pitches even 100 healthy innings, that’s worth $5 million easy. (last season for instance, he pitched 86 innings and FanGraphs has him worth $8.3 million).

ugen64
5 years 6 months ago

no it’s gotta be like $1m with incentives up to at least $5m

if Bedard pitches even 100 healthy innings, that’s worth $5 million easy. (last season for instance, he pitched 86 innings and FanGraphs has him worth $8.3 million).

5 years 6 months ago

I also don’t think that the Ms will stop signing pitchers even if they do snag Bedard this week. I think they went cheap on the Garko/Byrnes signings to save cash for bringing in more than one pitcher. If Washburn, Lowry, or Wang followed on a one-year deal for 4-5M along with Bedard, I wouldn’t be shocked.

zwhiz
5 years 6 months ago

Bedard is filthy when he isn’t hurt. Get him for the stretch run and watch out. Do it Z!

Omazing
5 years 6 months ago

The Mariner’s did quite alright adding Cliff Lee, Chone Figgins, Milton Bradley, Casey Kotchman, Brandon League, Griffey this offseason. Erik Bedard aka “chafe” would be a good pickup if less than 3 mil & healthy. If he starts pitching like he use to, he’s as good as anyone and soon enough he’ll be raking in 10-16 mil/yr. Buy now when he’s cheap.

Jason Bay really wanted to sign with the M’s b/c it’s close to home that could have been a really dangerous line-up after adding Figgins, Kotchman & Bradley. They have Suzuki, Figgnins, Lopez, Gutierrez, Bradley, Kotchman, Betancourt (had a bad year), & Griffey (who hit .214 last year) M’s did great this offseason. It will certainly be interesting.

snow15
5 years 6 months ago

uhh…. yuni got traded in June

Omazing
5 years 6 months ago

Oh. What happened to Adam Jones, George Sherrill, Chris Tillman, Tony Butler, Kam Mickolio? Didn’t they get traded too………?

Holy_Roman_Emperor
5 years 6 months ago

Bedard is great…………. When he hasn’t succumbed to a hangnail; Or is no longer functional after exposure to a harmful substance, like sunlight.

Of course, as a Cards fan, I might have preferred the team to pony up an extra million for Bedard instead of going for the current poor-man’s version of Bedard: Rich Hill. I have a feeling though that Bedard is ready to fall almost completely off the map.

snow15
5 years 6 months ago

Is RosterbatorExtraordinaire actually Erik Bedard?

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

Of course not – Bedard wouldn’t care what was said about him.
;-p

snow15
5 years 6 months ago

Good point, it must be his agent then

Holy_Roman_Emperor
5 years 6 months ago

Bedard is sort of like a 15$ plastic remote-controlled toy car you might buy at Wal-Mart………….. It looks really fun to play with at first, but then you open it up to discover that it is instantly defective upon opening the package; as a harmful substance in the air like Oxygen apparently warps the remote control and you can only steer the car left.

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

Nice metaphor! That’s about the size of him.

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

ROFLMAO!

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

If you’ve been on this site for a few years, you know exactly who that is.

Wes9825
5 years 6 months ago

Oh boy, yet another potential ‘amazing’ signing by the overrated and overhyped (just like the M’s) Jack Z…..you guys haven’t even played an inning yet and suddenly it’s AL West crown, World Series, blahblahblah…

1. Angels
2. A’s
3. Mariners
4. Rangers.

marinersfanforlife
5 years 6 months ago

no more like

mariners
angels
rangers
a’s

bustercherrie
5 years 6 months ago

What’s wrong Wes, are you a Yankee fan who is saddened to have lack of blogging space to repeat 27!!! over and over again? Over hyped, not nearly as much as any of the AL East teams. You don’t like reading about other teams because they might make a good move whatever it be, than why read MLBTR? Let alone why post… and oh wow, you think the M’s will come in third. In front of the Rangers? The Rangers finished second last season you really think they’re gonna implode that seriously? They’re young and have a great farm system. Show some proof before you make assumptions or else ya just look like a fool. Just a little heads up.

crashcameron
5 years 6 months ago

funny isn’t it that MoisturebatorExtraantogonistic makes a decent case defending assumptions about Bedard’s personality when he is the one that comes across as surly, neurotic and self-centred?