Left-hander Erik Bedard passed his team physical and agreed to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2011 today.
"We think Erik is an important piece for us to add, " general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "We' re confident he ' ll be ready to pitch Major League games this season. We ' ve carefully monitored his recovery from surgery and his rehabilitation process and are confident he ' ll be a contributor to our 2010 campaign. We are looking forward to him returning and being a part of this organization as we move forward."
Bedard expects to be pitching in May, June at the latest. When/if healthy, he'll join Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee atop the Seattle rotation.
Health, of course, has been the unattainable factor in Bedard's first two years in Seatle - both of which ended in shoulder surgeries. In two seasons, he started 30 games, went 11-7 with a 3.24 earned run average.
Bedard's contract calls for a low base salary - a reported $1.,5 million - with incentives that, if reached, would add as much as $6 million.
To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Mariners designated right-handed pitch Yusmeiro Petit for assignment, meaning they have 10 days to trade, release or outright him.