Mariners re-sign Bedard to non-guaranteed deal
The Mariners made a surprising move Thursday evening, signing pitcher Erik Bedard to a non-guaranteed contract for next season.
The signing brings the club’s 40-man roster up to its full number.
While most Major league contracts are fully guaranteed, the deal with Bedard is structured different due to his history of arm troubles.
Seattle thus gets a potential quality starter at low risk and will see if Bedard can return to health after sitting out the entire ’10 season. The 31-year old was 11-7 with a 3.24 ERA for Seattle in 2008-09, but managed only 30 starts in that span.
The left-hander has had season-ending shoulder surgery in each of the last two seasons, most recently Aug. 6, 2010 to have a bone spur shaved down.
Bedard made three rehab starts last year with the Arizona League Mariners and Tacoma Rainiers, before being shut down for the rest of the season.
The club is still working on the situation with its arbitration-eligible players heading into the 9 p.m. PT deadline to tender contracts. That means no decision yet on Jose Lopez, but stay tuned.