Mariners Insider Blog

Erik Bedard about to sign - with Pirates

For those who've asked about former Seattle Mariners lefty Erik Bedard, that particular chapter in team histrory appears closed - the Pittsburg Piraates have agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the free agent.

Before being traded to Boston last summer, Bedard appeared to have worn out his benefit-of-the-doubt with team president Chuck Armstrong and manager Eric Wedge, who were both frustrated by Bedard's injuries - which were legitimate - and his willingness to come back from them, which was questioned.  When healthy, he's a solid pitcher.

And the Mariners won't be signing Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, because the New York Yankees submitted the winning bid for the rights to negotiate with Nakajima.

The Albert Pujols saga could end today, and all signs indicate he'll return to the St. Louis Cardinals. That, in turn, would turn market attention to Prince Fielder, which likely won't help Seattle's bid to land the free agent first baseman.