Well, it looks like the dream of Erik Bedard of being an Oriole again may be dead. Word is that he will probably return to the Mariners fairly soon…
From the Baltimore Sun (Pete’s blog): MLB.com’s Jim Street is reporting on his blog that the Mariners are closing in on a one-year deal with left-hander Erik Bedard worth $1.5 million and “a shipload of incentives.” The base seems low, but it would be a reflection that Bedard probably won’t be ready to pitch until midsummer.
Too bad. However, considering Ben Sheets got $10 million to pitch for the A’s & Rich Harden got $7 million from the Rangers, would not one think that Erik could hold out for more money? Granted, he may not be in their class as a starting pitcher, but maybe he likes Seattle.
As we know, if Bedard is healthy, he’s a solid and top of the rotation guy. If he can go for Seattle with Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee in their starting corps, Seattle will be one hell of a tough team during the regular season and could rival any team in the playoffs — at least on the mound.
Baltimore obviously could still use him and he would be a great addition to their rotation as well. As it is right now, it looks the Orioles will have Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Brad Bergesen, and presumably Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman slotted into starting roles.
Then again, considering his injury history – should the Orioles let another of their youngsters (Hernandez, Berken, etc.) sink or swim again at the major league level?