Mariners Re-Sign Erik Bedard

The Mariners re-signed Erik Bedard to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract, the team announced. The 31-year-old left-hander did not pitch in the Majors in 2010 and has had season-ending shoulder surgery in each of the last two seasons.

The Mariners parted with Adam Jones to acquire Bedard and, when the lefty's healthy it's not hard to see why it cost so much to acquire him from the Orioles. He has posted a 3.24 ERA with 8.9 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9 in parts of two seasons in Seattle, but he has yet to make more than 15 starts in a season for the Mariners. The team declined an $8MM option for Bedard's services earlier in the offseason.


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46 Comments on "Mariners Re-Sign Erik Bedard"


jt24
4 years 7 months ago

I for one, loved the long story that was posted with this story

BG921
4 years 7 months ago

Jacky Z continues to make the great moves!!!

shysox
4 years 7 months ago

WOW.
How did that work out the last 2 times?

Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

Keep in mind though, if he doesn’t make it to the mound, he gets no money at all…It’s non-guaranteed

KeithLawSucksInStl
4 years 7 months ago

Exactly. No risk, maybe some reward. What GM would turn that down?

Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

They could keep resigning him all they want, they still aint getting Jonesy, Tillman, or even Josh Bell (George Sherill) back.

Seriously though, I wish him the best and hope he can get back to at least 70% healthy. This guy, when on, is unhittable…Wish him the best of luck and health!

shysox
4 years 7 months ago

Not one of those guys did anything special in the majors.

shysox
4 years 7 months ago

except for jones, that is

Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

True, but I still consider Tillman a breakout candidate…He hasn’t done anything…yet. I still think he’ll be good…

Bell is still a semi prospect (not a prospect but you know what I mean)…He did look really not so good in his cup of coffee…But I think he figures it out eventually.

marinersarmy
4 years 7 months ago

Tillman was projected as a #3 starting pitcher, nothing big. We got someone to equal him (if not better) in Beavan (from the Cliff Lee trade).

And what’s Josh Bell got to do with the Bedard trade? The M’s never had the guy, we dealt Jones, Sherrill, Butler, Tillman, and Mikolio.

4 years 7 months ago

Bell was the guy the O’s got for Sherrill. You know the year after he was an All Star closer that went twice as long in the All Star game then closers usually ever do in the AS Game.

Well I think he was saying he would not do any ‘do-overs’ where the O’s would give back all the players including Bell (instead of Sherrill).

coachofall
4 years 7 months ago

They have actually played real MLB games unlike Bedard

shysox
4 years 7 months ago

ha! good one.

4 years 7 months ago

Sherill was an all star the year the Dodgers traded for him

mrmoss
4 years 7 months ago

LOL

4 years 7 months ago

If only the Mariners had those players back, they might have won as many games as the Orioles did this year.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

Thus continuing the need to prove the 2008 trade wasn’t the fleecing of the decade.

$3513744
4 years 7 months ago

best of luck to bedard. if he’s gonna make a comeback with anybody, glad to see it’s with them since they’ve invested so much into him. just a shame to see such talent go to waste to injuries.

Mdey
4 years 7 months ago

It can’t hurt. I hope he makes it back.

jeffmcduffie
4 years 7 months ago

Jones is a stud. Tillman might be a decent 3 starter. Bell looks like a stinker. Erik Bedard will never pitch again.

4 years 7 months ago

I truly wish at least 25% of the posters on this site knew what they were talking about. Why is it like this with baseball?

shysox
4 years 7 months ago

If 25% of the posters knew what they were talking about on this site, you clearly wouldn’t be one of them. Go vent your frustrations somewhere else. At least his concept is somewhat related to this post.

shysox
4 years 7 months ago

When Jones OBP’s over .340 I’ll believe he’s a stud, of course, as a younger player he has the tendency to chase pitches, but he’s not stud level now, I believe he will be a stud, sometime in the near future, but not at this moment.

marinersarmy
4 years 7 months ago

The M’s never had Bell…

Eric
4 years 7 months ago

What he probably meant is we traded Sherill for Bell

But yeah technically the Mariners never had Bell but the Orioles would not have Bell without getting Sherill from the Mariners.

This is still the worst trade the Mariners have made

4 years 7 months ago

I’m glad this happened. If he can be healthy that’s great for us.

Slopeboy
4 years 7 months ago

Hope he comes back healthy and with a mature attitude. Baltimore traded him because they didn’t like his work ethic and bad work habits.Hopefully he has grown up and appreciates the second chance he’s gotten.

tiger313
4 years 7 months ago

i thought we were on our fourth chance? But in all seriousness i really do hope he can get healthy. I love watching pitchers when they are on.

smfanmlb
4 years 7 months ago

He hasn’t grown up only regressed. You are right about balty that is one of the reasons they ditched him as well as his bad off field antics. His rep wasn’t too bad til he ran around on his ex and treated his family poorly front office didn’t like it so I heard what a shame. His daughter was cute as a button and how he got a chic as hot as the mom who knows!!?? Oh well, Seattle is taking him because no one else wanted him so maybe he can give us at least something this year for all the money he stole.

smfanmlb11
4 years 7 months ago

You are spot on for most of the reasons he wasn’t given a large contract with balty but rumors were running about his off field antics after he suppossedly cheated on his ex whom he had a baby and it seemed the front office did not like it and had enough. I heard rumors from balty so I wasn’t excited when we signed him EXCEPT I did want seattle to win so I overlooked it. Turns out, this guy hasn’t done anything for us so I believe what I heard now and wish we weren’t given him another chance guys like him don’t deserve it I am old school. A player should have good character on and off the field. I want to know my grandson has a good role model not a guy who cheats and doesn’t seem like a family man. Where have the days gone of people taking care of little blessings (children) instead of moving on to the next thing?? Eh…I for one hope he doesn’t make the team so my grandson can cheer for players with better character. Feel sad for the guy cute kid julie adele bedard was her name i believe what a shame

smfanmlb
4 years 7 months ago

doesn’t appear he has grown up apparently an ex of his whom he shares a young daughter (4??) is suing him in court in seattle maybe he isn’t paying child support?? rumors in baltimore seemed to have followed him however interesting no mention of his daughter or ex girl or wife. shame some of these athletes in todays society. didn’t see this in the 60’s or 70’s or maybe it was hidden better…tsk tsk…such a shame

4 years 7 months ago

I personally think this is a great move, only because it’s non-guaranteed. In the off chance he DOES return to form, it’s brilliant. If he doesn’t, he gets cut loose. No risk, high reward.

4 years 7 months ago

As one of the 75% of posters who don’t know what they’re talking about, I honestly think Bedard could have gotten guaranteed loot out of someone. I put him in the same category as guys like Sheets, Harden, and now Webb. Hurt all the time but when they pitch they have the chance to dominate every night out. Great move by the M’s.

vertigoman
4 years 7 months ago

Welcome back to Seattle Erik.

Talking heads hate Erik Bedard, fans of making opposing hitters look down right silly love Erik Bedard.

raffish
4 years 7 months ago

I love watching Bedard pitch. His curveball cracks me up; he can hang it high on the back-outside corner, then bust it in on their feet. And his demeanor on the mound is ice water. I don’t care what others say: The guy is nails when he’s pitching.

smfanmlb
4 years 7 months ago

I don’t mean to sound like a grumpy old woman so forgive me but slopeman is spot on saying bedard was not given a huge contract after a proven year not only for his poor behavior on the field but rumors were his old field antics were worse. I am speaking from information I obtained from across the country as my grandson is big O’s fan naughty boy since mema here is die hard m’s fan. Rumors were front office did not like his behavior toward his then girlfriend or wife? and his baby daughter who was named in the paper as Julie adele bedard? Apparently, he cheated treated them poorly and they left right before he was dumped on us. Don’t know if this is some of what affected his play or not but we got ROBBED. Short of it, I am embarrassed we would give this type of player another chance I want better role models on my team for my grandson when he visits I know most of u don’t care but I’ m old school. Sorry to rant but bad move sad to see this but I will still go to every game Go M’s!!!!

Infield Fly
4 years 7 months ago

Hey, rants are nothing new on this board, and neither is veering off topic on occasion (so don’t sweat it)! Anyway, I offer a response for what it’s worth.Let me be plain: generally speaking, ballplayers are athletes who are talented people from all sorts of backgrounds. Some of them are good men, some of them not. The elite ones who make it to the majors are generally coddled, paid ridiculous amounts of money, and adored for what they do on the field — while all too often not being held accountable for anything ugly they may do away from it. Generally the industry (and to a large degree, us fans) holds athletes to a different – much less stringent – standard of behavior than the rest of society, as if they can do no wrong. When they do wrong they are given second and third chances the rest of us can only dream of – no matter how heinous their transgression might be. The steroids era taught us that ballplayers are not saints. Many of them will cheat when they can get away with it, so it is obviously not very realistic for us to expect them to hold themselves to the highest standard of conduct, or to even care if the public disapproves of their actions. It may not be right but they can get away with far more than the average person – and they know it. This is the nature of the times we live in.If you want good role models for your grandson you (and his parents) must face this reality and respond accordingly. Share your love of baseball with him but make sure he knows what a good person is. Surround him with good men (and women) from your own community, teach him positive values at every opportunity, and expose him to positive activities & messages. That way when he reads or hears about Erik Bedard — or any other player — he will be able to judge for himself if this gifted athlete is truly a good person, or just a flawed individual who happens to be a gifted athlete.

elock
4 years 7 months ago

As an O’s fan who’s friends with a M’s fan I hope he does well. I will say I’d go crazy watching him pitch, since, yes he can be near unhittable, but he always seems scared of contact and strikes out a ton of guys while only pitching about 5 innings a game, since every hitter goes at least 10 pitches deep while he tries to get them to swing and miss at a 3rd strike 5 times, instead of getting them out quicker.

Eric
4 years 7 months ago

Erik Bedard was days away from pitching for the Mariners in 2010 when he went back on the shelf after experiencing discomfort in his shoulder. His most recent surgery was in August, to shave down a bone spur. The word was that his arm was fine, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this signing turn out to be a huge bargain in 2011.

If Bedard is healthy, the M’s have a rotation of Felix RH, Bedard LH, Fister RH, Vargas LH, and Pineda RH. I look forward to seeing Felix, Bedard, and Pineda pitch. Vargas should manage another solid season, but I’m not sold on Fister yet.

4 years 7 months ago

I agree. I would also add depth to back up Bedard and to help take the workload off Pineda like Jeff Francis or Brandon McCarthy. Very Solid rotation, there. Now need to focus on offense.

4 years 7 months ago

As a M’s fan, I like this. Give him a chance to re-bulid his stock and maybe try to deal him at the deadline.

BobbyJohn
4 years 7 months ago

I was sort of hoping the Rockies might take a flier on this guy. If he’s healthy then he can still get it done, I believe.

xthemark
4 years 7 months ago

if we didnt trade jones, then jack z would probably not have gone out and traded for franklin guit… and what did he just do… gold glove… tillman is mediocre at best, jones will have a career like a bernie williams, solid but nothing over the top.