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Bedard, Mariners avoid arbitration, agree to one-year deal

Updated: February 16, 2008, 11:04 AM ET
Associated Press

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Erik Bedard has agreed to a $7 million, one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners, avoiding arbitration with the team that acquired him last week.

The two sides are believed to have already started negotiations on a long-term deal. General manager Bill Bavasi, who still has not had a contract go to arbitration since he joined the Mariners in 2004, indicated last week that the team was exploring a multiyear extension for the left-handed ace.

"We are pleased to have ...

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