Other details of the contract haven’t been mentioned, but it’s likely to be highly incentive laden, considering he hasn’t thrown a pitch in over a season and a half.
But the key term is “non-guaranteed” contract. Most MLB contracts are guaranteed contracts.
Really this is a low-risk, possibly high-reward move by GM Jack Zduriencik. Will Bedard ever be the pitcher that the Mariners hoped when they gave up five players to get him? It seems doubtful. But even if he’s somewhere near his old form – that’s pretty good. You can never have enough starting pitch depth. And really the Mariners rotation beyond Felix Hernandez is still unproven. Yes, Jason Vargas and Doug Fister had solid seasons last year. But there are not guarantees they will be as good this season.
Bedard gives them depth, and some hope – even it seems farfetched.
He worked very hard last season in trying to get back after having surgery to repair his labrum. And before the setback he was looking pretty solid.
Bedard, 31, has made 30 starts for the Mariners over the last three seasons (2008-10), but did not pitch in the Majors in 2010. The left-hander has had season-ending shoulder surgery in each of the last two seasons, most recently Aug. 6, 2010 to remove a bone spur in his acromioclavicular joint shaved down.
Coming off shoulder surgery that ended his 2009 campaign, Bedard made three rehab starts with the AZL Mariners and Tacoma Rainiers, before being shut down for the rest of the season.
In his 30 starts with the Mariners, Bedard is 11-7 with a 3.24 ERA (59 ER, 164.0 IP). In his Major League career he has compiled a 51-41 record with a 3.81 ERA (144 G/141 GS). He was acquired by the Mariners from Baltimore on Feb. 8, 2008 in exchange for Adam Jones (of), George Sherrill (lhp), Chris Tillman (rhp), Kam Mickolio (rhp) and Tony Butler (lhp).