Bedard agrees to 1-year deal with Mariners, avoids arbitration
PEORIA, Ariz. - New No. 1 Seattle Mariners starter Erik Bedard has agreed to a $7 million, one-year contract with the team. He avoided arbitration Friday with the Mariners, who acquired him last week.
The two sides are believed to have already started negotiations on a long-term deal. General manager Bill Bavasi indicated last week that the team was exploring a multiyear extension for the left-handed ace.
Bavasi still has not had a contract go to arbitration since he joined the Mariners in 2004.
Bedard asked for $8 million in arbitration and Seattle's offer was $6 million. He made $3,425,000 last year.
Although the Mariners began spring training in Peoria, Arizona, only this week, manager John McLaren already has named the 28-year-old left-hander as his opening day starter over right-hander Felix Hernandez.
Bedard was 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA last season with the Baltimore Orioles.