My Harry Potter post is receiving pretty much the response I expected — some people seem to enjoy it, and some people are wondering what I was smoking. Just trying to mix it up a little.
Now the news is coming from the best source of all: Erik Bedard himself, who told Marc Brassard of Le Droit, a French-language newspaper in Ontario, that he has indeed agreed to terms with the Mariners.
Lookout Landing astutely found the article and provided a rough translation. I got Kristin Jackson from the Seattle Times travel section to kindly provide her own translation of the key paragraphs:
If he successfully passes a physical exam today in Arizona, Erik Bedard will be back with the Mariners of Seattle in 2010.
The left-handed pitcher of Navan has confirmed that he accepted a contract of one year for $1.5 million with the club that acquired his services from Baltimore in exchange for five players.
And this quote from Bedard:
“I am truly happy. It was my first choice to return to Seattle,” he confided yesterday when he was en route to Peoria, Arizona. “I think the team will be really good this season. I very much like the direction the team is going.”