Seattle brings back Bedard, sends away Lopez
It was a busy Thursday night for the Mariners, highlighted by the decision to bring back Bedard, their oft-injured left-hander who has never matched his potential, with a $1 million, one-year deal that includes an additional $6.35 million in performance bonuses. The contract is a non-guaranteed deal.
Considering Bedard’s past two years, pitching in a game will be quite the accomplishment. Bedard hasn’t been able to stay healthy following his trade from Baltimore before the 2009 season. He hasn’t pitched since the middle of the 2009 season and started just 30 games in three seasons with the Mariners.
Seattle turned down an $8 million option on Bedard last month. Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said during a conference call late Thursday night that all reports on Bedard are positive and that he’ll get a chance to make the club out of spring training.
Seattle had turned down a $4.5 million option on Lopez, signed as a free agent in 2000. He hit .239 with 10 homers, 58 RBIs and 29 doubles in 150 games this year for the Mariners, who used him as a third baseman. He also has played second.
But Lopez regressed from his career highs of 25 homers and 96 RBIs in 2009 and never seemed to match his potential throughout his Seattle career.
Roe, 24, a first-round draft pick in 2005, was 9-13 with a 5.98 ERA in 27 starts this year at Triple-A Colorado Springs, striking out 115 and walking 53. Zduriencik was high on Roe’s youth and his strong sinker.
Rowland-Smith was expected to lock himself into Seattle’s rotation coming into the 2009 season, then went 1-10 with a 6.75 ERA in 20 starts in 2010.
Seattle offered Rowland-Smith a chance to return on what Zduriencik said was “their terms.” He said Rowland-Smith was offered a major league contract and a chance to make the club out of spring training, but chose to look elsewhere.
“We had our parameters set up and talked about giving (him) a chance to come back and be part of the organization but it would have to be on our terms,” Zduriencik said. “As they thought through it, in the end, Ryan decided what our terms were not necessarily what his terms were.”