â€¢ The Mariners avoided arbitration with Erik Bedard today, agreeing to a base contract of $7.75 million. The deal can be worth $8.35 million if Bedard pitches 205 innings this season.Â
â€¢ They also pulled off a trade with the Red Sox. According to the News Tribune’s Ryan Divish, the Mariners sent minor league lefthander Fabian Williamson to Boston for righthander David Aardsma. This fills the M’s 40-man roster and adds another arm to the already overflowing fight for bullpen spots. As they say, you can never have too many pitchers and perhaps this is just the first piece of a bigger puzzle.
Williamson has a good arm, but has never been considered one of the M’s top prospects. The 19-year-old spent last season with rookie-level Pulaski. Over 11 starts, Williamson pitched 52.2 innings, striking out 67, walking 27 and maintaining a 4.10 ERA.
And, yes, Aardsma’s sister is an actress.