You love him, you hate, you can't live without him - oft-injured lefty Erik Bedard may be a Seattle Mariner again this season.
So, for that matter, may be Jarrod Washburn.
While the team remains mum on such possibilities, both Washburn and Bedard are open to returning and Washburn has stayed in constant contact with pitching coach Rick Adair this winter.
Under Adair and bullpen coach John Wetteland, Washburn had a career resurgence last summer, going 8-6 with a 2.84 earned run average before being traded to Detroit. He's narrowed his choice down to Seattle and Minnesota and is awaiting the best offer from either team.
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As for Bedard, who underwent left shoulder surgery last August, it appears he won't be able to pitch before May - and possibly not until a month or two beyond that.
In each of his first two seasons in Seattle, Bedard wound up on the disabled list. When healthy, however, he was 11-7 with a 3.24 ERA. If the Mariners sign Bedard, it will be with the idea that he'll be a second-half force in their rotation.
Though he made about $8 million in 2009, Bedard knows he'll need to sign a low-base, high-incentive deal where ever he goes. Baltimore, Kansas City and other teams have talked to him, but he remains a free agent.
From his standpoint, Seattle is attractive because a) he seemed comfortable with the team in '09 and b) it appears likely to be a contender in 2010.
Bedard would be the cheaper of the two, Washburn would be the healthier. Both remain options on general manager Jack Zduriencik's desk.