I’ll be joining Tom Davis and Phil Wood today for a special edition of “Wall to Wall Baseball” on MASN.
The show runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and includes a call-in segment with manager Dave Trembley around 4:15 p.m.
I’ll torture him and ask for his Opening Day lineup and rotation.
The latest on Erik Bedard includes a blog out of Seattle from MLB.com’s Jim Street that implies, but doesn’t confirm, that the Mariners have prepared an offer to the left-hander. Maybe they’ve made an offer. Maybe they’ve reached agreement.
I’m definitely confused, but what else is new?
Here’s the link. Maybe you can figure it out.
Street updated yesterday’s entry to include the following:
I have now heard that the deal is a one-year $1.5 million base salary contract that includes a shipload of incentives. Bedard, you might recall, made $7.5 million last season. At his age -- he will be 29 on March 5 -- most of his career is in front of him and he could use this season as a springboard to a multi-year contract next year.
So does Bedard have an offer in place or is this a rumored proposal? I really don’t know.
Here’s what I do know: The Orioles’ recent talks with Bedard’s agent, Mark Pieper, didn’t bring the two sides any closer to an agreement. Nothing really advanced. Bedard is open to coming back here, but seems more interested in staying with the Mariners. And you could probably throw a dart at a calendar and come up with your own projected month for his return to the mound.
The Orioles checked his medical records and believed it would be “sooner rather than later.” Reports out of Seattle for most of the winter had Bedard missing the first half of the season. Now they’re saying he could return in May.
I doubt that Bedard will set the baseball world on fire less than 12 months removed from labrum surgery, which would make a one-year deal seem pointless unless it includes a club option for 2011 and lots of incentives.
The Orioles are prepared to move forward without him. Maybe the rest of us should join them.