Erik Bedard completed his team physical for the Seattle Mariners today, and if the medical report is good - he is coming off shoulder surgery - he's likely to sign a $1.5 million base contract with the team early next week.
The 30-year-old lefty, speaking in English yesterday, talked about that physical but spoke off the record, not wanting to dent the cone of silence GM Jack Zduriencik likes to work under.
Then, at the airport in Ontario, he told the French-language newspaper Le Droit, all about it - thinking the English-speaking world might not catch on.
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Well, the secret's out now, and all that remains between Bedard and a third year in Seattle is the outcome of his physical. He's been throwing the past three weeks and will continue that program in Arizona.
Bedard thinks he can rejoin the Mariners rotation in May or early June, and if healthy he could make a formidable one-two punch of Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee all the more potent. Not many teams would enjoy a three-game series facing that trio.
Zduriencik and his staff remain in the Dominican Republic, though his schedule includes a return to the States on Saturday. If he gets the medical information then - it could take more than a day - Bedard will sign an incentive-filled deal that offers little risk to the team.