Why Resigning Erik Bedard Was a Bad Idea for the Mariners

Kyle McAreavyContributor IFebruary 8, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 27:  Erik Bedard #45 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum on May 27, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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By now any Seattle Mariner fan that actually cares has heard that the Mariners resigned Erik Bedard. Now there are some good things about it like the fact that it’s a one year deal and the mutual option for 2011 (instead of a player option).

There are also many bad things about the deal. First Eric is very injury prone, second since he has been here he has only made 30 starts (that’s less than Felix Hernandez had last season) and third he just doesn’t look that good and really hasn’t been 100 percent since he arrived. Now that’s just naming a few of his problems.

Another thing that makes this a bad deal is there are still many more options out in the free agent market. One of them is Jarrod Washburn who played very well here in Seattle last year before being traded to Detroit. Jarrod also turned down a one year 5 million dollar deal with the Twins which is a sign he may really want to come back to Seattle. There are also guys left like Chien-Ming Wang and Cha seung Baek who is also a former Mariner.

Many people would say that Bedard is the best option for the Mariners out of the free agents that are left but I personally would much rather see Jarrod Washburn come back and pitch here than mister injury Eric Bedard.