For three years the Mariners have tried (mostly unsuccessfully) to nurse an injured Erik Bedard back to health and recoup some value from the trade that sent Adam Jones and Chris Tillman to Baltimore in February of 2008.
During that time Bedard has gone from 28-year-old ace to 31-year-old question mark, sitting out all of this season following shoulder surgery, and the Mariners declined his $8 million option for 2011 only to re-sign him to a non-guaranteed one-year contract prior to last night’s non-tender deadline.
With basically zero risk involved it’s tough to blame the Mariners for taking another chance on Bedard, who has yet to cease being very effective in between injuries. He’ll compete for a job in spring training. If healthy he’ll likely claim a spot in the rotation. And if not, the Mariners can finally cut bait after getting 30 starts in four years.
The Twins are reportedly interested in signing free agent first baseman Logan Morrison, according to a report from Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The two sides don’t appear to be working toward anything concrete at the moment, but Berardino adds that newly-signed pitcher Jake Odorizzi has been having conversations with the slugger to gauge his interest in a potential deal.
Morrison, 30, enjoyed a tremendous season with the Rays in 2017. He finished his two-year circuit with the team after slashing .246/.353/.516 with a career-best 38 home runs, .363 wOBA and 3.3 fWAR in 601 plate appearances. It was just the second time he’d managed to produce more than 20 home runs in a single season, and he finished the year tied for fifth-most dingers in the AL and eighth-most in the league.
The free agent slugger has been linked to a plethora of interested parties this offseason, including the Red Sox, Royals, Indians, Angels and Mets, but hasn’t drawn any substantial offers in an admittedly slow market. Should he reach an agreement with the Twins, Berardino notes that the club could use him to back up both Joe Mauer and Miguel Sano in a dual first base/DH role.