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The Erik Bedard deal makes more sense now that the Seattle media has determined that it includes a mutual option for 2011. Initial reports mentioned only the $1.5 million base salary and incentives.

Why would any team sign him for one season when he might not be available for at least the first two months, and will be less than a year removed from labrum surgery?

Does anyone really think that Bedard is going to blow away hitters this summer after undergoing such a serious medical procedure last August? I do not, and I will wait to be proven wrong.

It's a good deal for Bedard, who can elect to become a free agent next winter if he believes that a bigger payday looms on the horizon. And it works for the Mariners, who can cut him loose if they think he's damaged goods or just not worth the price.

Japanese left-hander Hisanori Takahashi has turned down the Orioles and Mets, according to this link. Thanks to "Ron" for sharing it.

Both clubs offered minor league deals. Takahaski apparently told reporters in Japan earlier this winter that he had a major league offer, but he appears to be sorting through lesser commitments.

I wanted to check out that screwball for myself - and I mean his specialty pitch.

Speaking of left-handers, Mark Hendrickson's signing is expected to be made official tomorrow (no, seriously), though everything is subject to change after a blizzard. Stay tuned.

Manager Dave Trembley won't commit to a backup catcher this early. He'll only provide the names of the challengers: Chad Moeller, Craig Tatum and Michel Hernandez.

"That's why you're going to play the games," Trembley said. "You're going to take a real good look and see what those guys can bring to the table. Not only behind the plate, but working with a pitching staff, how well they handle the game calling and what they can do for you offensively. Spring training should be interesting."

Moeller must be viewed as the favorite. I'm sure that's what he believed when he signed a minor league deal to remain in the organization.

Asked if this is the strongest team he's had since he's managed here, Trembley replied, "On paper it is. A lot of questions have been filled."

Colts 38, Saints 27.

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