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Mariners, Bedard avoid arbitration, agree to a one-year deal

Left-hander Erik Bedard, the likely No. 2 starter in the Seattle Mariners rotation, avoided arbitration Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year contract.

Bedard, 29, made 15 starts in 2009 before a shoulder injury ended his season. He was 6-4 with a 3.67 earned run average.

Healthy again, Bedard and Felix Hernandez will make up one of the stronger 1-2 punches in the American League. The Bedard deal comes one day after Hernandez received a one-year, $3.8 million deal from the Mariners, also avoiding arbitration.

The team would not disclose details of Bedard's contract. Reports say it is for $7.75 million, which would be a $750,000 raise, and includes another $650,000 in incentive clauses and bonuses.

Later in the day the Mariners reached an agreement with right-hander Aaron Heilman, the last of their potential arbitration cases.

The team issued this press release today.