Well, apparently the Mariners want to make it very clear that they are excited about acquiring Erik Bedard. Just saw this story on the wire …
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) – Left-hander Erik Bedard, obtained last week by Seattle, will start on opening day.
Bedard was expected to compete with Felix Hernandez for the top spot in Seattle’s rotation, but Mariners manager John McLaren said he informed Bedard of his decision on Wednesday.
Bedard was acquired from Baltimore for outfielder Adam Jones, left-handed reliever George Sherrill and three minor league prospects.
It seems like it’s a little bit early to name an opening-day starter. Don’t teams usually wait until sometime during Spring Training? Maybe see how the guy does? What if he doesn’t get out of the first inning in his first three appearances of the spring? Just a little surprising, that’s all.