With most jobs, when you call in sick for work half the time and act like a prick to customers when you do manage to make it in, you get fired. But the job of major league baseball starting pitcher clearly isn't most jobs.
To wit, Erik Bedard signed a one-year, $7.75 million extension yesterday. Felix Hernandez just signed a deal of the same length that will earn him roughly half that, and he showed up for work without a peep for the entire dismal 2008 season.
We actually don't have much beef with giving Bedard another year to prove that the Adam Jones-George Sherrill deal wasn't the second-worst in Mariner history (the Heathcliff Slocumb deal will never be topped), but the way this went down is nothing less than a slap in one of the future faces of the franchise.