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(Posted 2:30 p.m., Feb. 5)
Navan hurler signs one year, $7.75M deal with Seattle Mariners
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Navan hurler Erik Bédard only started 15 games in 2008, but he still managed get a $750,000 raise from the Seattle Mariners who recently signed him to a one year contract worth $7.75 million.

Bédard's season was cut short last July when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury. He went 6-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 15 starts after being acquired by the Mariners from the Baltimore Orioles in the off-season. The 29-year-old southpaw eventually underwent shoulder surgery in August which kept him out of the lineup the rest of the season.

Bédard has had a history of injuries most notable an elbow ligament injury in 2002 that required Tommy John surgery and forced him to spend most of the 2003 season in the minors on rehab assignment.

In 2004, he went 6-10 with an 4.59 ERA and average almost eight strikeouts per nine innings pitched. In 2005, he started the season with a 2.08 ERA, but then sprained his knee which sidelined him for two months. When he returned his ERA balooned to 4.00.

In his first injury free season in 2006, Bédard was 15-11 and posted a 3.76 ERA. He also stuck out 171 batters. In 2007, he established himself as one of the most dominating left-handers in the American League. On July 7, he tied the franchise record for strikeouts in a game against the Texas Rangers with 15.

He went on to set a new franchise record for strikeouts in a season with 221 and was largely considered to be a bona fide candidate for the Cy Young Award before a strained oblique muscle cut his season short. He finished the season with a 13-5 record and posted a 3.16 ERA to go along with all the strikouts.

With his contract about to expire, Bédard was eligible for arbitration, and having only made $1.4 million in the final year of the contract, he was due for a big raise.

Rather than risk an expensive arbitration settlement, the Orioles traded him to the Mariners who immediately signed him to a one-year, $7 mllion deal. With that deal about to expire, the Mariners and Bédard had a choice to either work out a new deal, or risk going the arbitration route.

Beside the base salary figure of $7.75 million, Bédard can make an additional $600,000 in performance bonuses that are tied to the number of innings he pitches. He will get an extra : $75,000 for 150 innings, $100,000 for 165 innings, $150,000 for 180 innings, $125,000 for 195 innings and $150,000 for 205 innings.

In the past five seasons, Bédard has only pitched more than 150 innings in a season twice -- his injury free year in 2006 when he pitched 196 innings, and in 2007 when he pitched 182 innings.

Pichers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training during the weekend of Feb. 13. The Major League Baseball season kicks off on

(Posted 10:30 p.m., Feb. 3)


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