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Bedard, M's Agree To 1-Year Deal

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SEATTLE (AP) - Erik Bedard and the Seattle Mariners have agreed
to a one-year contract that avoids salary arbitration.

The team announced Tuesday that its struggling, injured ace from
2008 had avoided an upcoming arbitration hearing by signing his
second consecutive one-year deal with Seattle.

It comes one day after star right-hander Felix Hernandez got a
$3.8 million, one-year deal to avoid arbitration.

The team also expects to reach an agreement with its final
player eligible for arbitration, recently acquired pitcher Aaron
Heilman.

Bedard is recovering from surgery on his pitching shoulder in
September. He went 6-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 15 starts in his
abbreviated first season with the Mariners.

Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik says the left-hander
remains a very important part of the team. He expects Bedard to be
healthy for the season.
      
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