Erik Bedard says his shoulder feels pretty good. So does the Navan pitcher's bank account after he signed a one-year, $7.75-million US deal with the Seattle Mariners.
"It's nice to get (the contract) out of the way," said Bedard yesterday. "I don't have to worry about the contract talk when I get to spring training."
Bedard, eligible for free agency after the 2009 season, is recovering from surgery on his pitching shoulder in September.
"When I first started throwing (in early December), I had a hard time throwing 10 feet. It was sore on the scar tissue. But it's been getting progressively better.
"It's 100% now. I'm throwing three times a week. We'll see how spring training goes. Hopefully it's as good as it was two years ago."
Bedard went 6-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 15 starts in his abbreviated first season with the Mariners.
Bedard has good incentive to stay healthy. He can make $600,000 in performance bonuses: $75,000 for 150 innings, $100,000 for 165 innings, $150,000 for 180 innings, $125,000 for 195 innings and $150,000 for 205 innings.