Sources are reporting the Mariners are considering bringing back Erik Bedard, who is still recovering from shoulder surgery.
“I’d love to be back,” in Seattle, he told Larry Larue of the Tacoma News Tribune.
The lefty probably wouldn’t be able to pitch until May at the earliest. There’s no question that Bedard is one of the top lefties in the game when he’s healthy, but that’s been the problem since he came to Seattle in the infamous trade with Baltimore. The M’s got fleeced in that deal. They gave up CK Adam Jones, LHP George Sherrilla and top prospects Chris Tillman and Kam Micholio, both right-haners. Lefty Tony Butler was also shipped to the Orioles.
Bedard was 6-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 81 innings in 2008. He earned $7 million.
He was 5-3 with a 2.82 ERA in 83 innings in 2009 when he made $7.5 million.
When he pitched, he was very, very good.
He’s coming back from a torn labrum, which isn’t a slam-dunk.
Are the M’s willing to give him an incentive-laden contract? Sounds like a good idea to me. Don’t know if there would be a better No.. 4 or No. 5 man in the rotation in baseball. He’d be behind Felix Hernandez, Ciff Lee and Ryan Rowland-Smith.
What do you think? Sign him? Or forget about him? Or maybe you’d rather bring Jarrod Washburn back. Washburn, according to this report, hasn’t ruled out coming back to Seattle.
Remember, this still all speculation. The M’s have not made an offer, but MLB.com writer Jim Street says the M’s are considering it. And Bedard’s gonen on record as saying he’d like to come back.