SEATTLE (AP) - Erik Bedard and the Seattle Mariners have agreedto a one-year contract that avoids salary arbitration.
The team announced Tuesday that its struggling, injured ace from2008 had avoided an upcoming arbitration hearing by signing hissecond 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 finalplayer eligible for arbitration, recently acquired pitcher AaronHeilman.
Bedard is recovering from surgery on his pitching shoulder inSeptember. He went 6-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 15 starts in hisabbreviated first season with the Mariners.
Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik says the left-handerremains a very important part of the team. He expects Bedard to behealthy for the season. (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)