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Longtime Mariners' broadcaster Dave Niehaus is going into the Baseball Hall of Fame, as reported by the Associated Press on Tuesday.
Niehaus has been chosen as the 2008 winner of the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence. He will be honored during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony July 27 at Cooperstown, N.Y. The announcement Tuesday comes on Niehaus? 73rd birthday.
The Associated Press is reporting that Erik Bedard has agreed to a $7M one-year deal with the Mariners, avoiding arbitration.
The two sides are believed to have already started negotiations on a long-term deal. GM 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.
Left-hander Erik Bedard has been named the Seattle Mariners' opening day starter, according to the Associated Press.
Felix Hernandez was expected to compete with Bedard for the number-one slot, but Manager John McLaren made his decision on Wednesday.
Erik Bedard was acquired by the Mariners from the Orioles on Friday in a long-delayed trade for five prospects, according to an Associated Press report.
Baltimore received Adam Jones, who probably will start in center field in opening day. The Orioles also obtained reliever George Sherrill and pitchers Chris Tillman, Tony Butler and Kam Mickolio.
ESPN is reporting that the Erik Bedard trade, reported to be "near completion" for days now, is giving the term "snail's pace" a new meaning.
Bedard was still at home Tuesday night in Ontario, Canada, according to the Baltimore Sun, a sign that the trade, which would send the Orioles' ace to the Mariners for five players, is still a day or two (or more) from being finalized.
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