Free-agent left-hander Erik Bedard is coming back to the Seattle Mariners.
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General manager Jack Zduriencik announced Saturday morning the team and the oft-injured 30-year-old agreed to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2011.
The contract is expected to have a base salary a fraction of the $7.75 million Bedard made last season, and it would likely include incentive clauses.
He is rehabilitating in his native Canada following surgery in August to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder. The normal recovery time for the procedure would have him making his season debut in June at the earliest.
After two disappointing seasons with Bedard, Seattle no longer needs him to be on top of a rotation that includes Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sports Interaction have made the Mariners a 16/1 long shot to win the 2010 MLB World Series.
Posted: 2/9/10 1:15AM ET