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Would you want Erik Bedard back for 2010 and beyond?

Slap me the next time I try to engage you people in a civilized discussion about the NBA.

As Jack tried to put it politely, that talk just doesn't fly in here.

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This is a seamhead and pigskin joint. We should stick with that, for the most part.

So it is back to baseball, and to a subject we've knocked around a little in the past.

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Erik Bedard.

The Surly Canadian, as we jokingly referred to him in his days in Baltimore, pitches against the Orioles on Tuesday night for the first time in his career.

Right now, he is still with the Seattle Mariners, you know, the organization that gave you Adam Jones, George Sherrill and Chris Tillman.

By the end of July, Bedard will probably be somewhere else. The Mariners aren't contenders, and they'll probably try to get something for Bedard, a free agent this winter.

The Orioles wouldn't trade for him this year. There is no point. But I am curious as to whether you'd want him back for 2010 and beyond.

Bedard is a pretty darn good pitcher when he is healthy -- though he's only had one 30-start season in his career. He won 28 games for the Orioles in his final two seasons here, posting a 3.76 and 3.16 ERA, respectively. And he is 3-2 with a 2.48 ERA through nine starts in 2009.

He turned 30 in March. For perspective purposes, he's just one year older than Rich Hill. Given all that, Bedard likely will get a pretty lofty contract. Consider that Bedard's Mariners' teammate, Carlos Silva, wasn't as accomplished and received a four-year, $48 million deal two years ago -- and that's probably your going rate.

My guess is that Bedard will get between $10 and $15 million per year in free agency. He's making $7.75 million this year.

He could make more if he decides to go to the highest bidder, but I'm not sure Bedard does that. I think he'll be pretty picky about his landing spot. He likes being comfortable and left alone by the media, and he won't get that in the big markets.

So Bedard could be intrigued about coming back to Baltimore at the right price. He still has plenty of friends here, and there's always a special place in a ballplayer's heart for his first organization.

I assume there are two camps out there regarding Bedard: One, his left arm would be a great addition to a promising young staff. Two, his attitude and fragility aren't worth the millions he'll command.

My take: I am not sure he's a pitcher you build around, but he is awfully good when he's in a zone. Call me torn.

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Daily Think Special: Would you like to see Erik Bedard back with the Orioles in 2010 and beyond? Or have you moved on?

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