If Erik Bedard Is Serious About Wanting to Stay in Seattle...

...and I don't think the M's will give him the chance (i.e., they'll move him before the trade deadline), then let him sign a contract wherein how much he gets paid per annum is strictly tethered to the amount of innings he pitches. As Art Thiel notes, he's dominant when healthy. But it's the "when" there that's the issue, and even when he is healthy, watching Bedard get lifted before the 7th inning in most of his starts is tantamount to watching a shiny, gas-guzzling semi cruise down the interstate with the governor set at 65 mph. Both can only go so far, so fast.

 
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