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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.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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