Bedard, Orioles agree to $3.4 million, 1-year contract, avoid arbitration

Updated: February 17, 2007, 2:19 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Pitcher Erik Bedard avoided arbitration with the Baltimore Orioles, agreeing Saturday to a $3.4 million, one-year contract.

Bedard had asked for $4 million in arbitration and the Orioles had offered $2.7 million. The left-hander went 15-11 with a 3.76 ERA in 33 starts last season, when he earned $1,625,000.

Along with his base salary, Bedard can earn $100,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 175, 185, 195 and 200 innings pitched.

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