The newly minted Houston Astros of the American League have signed Erik Bedard. The veteran pitcher has accepted a minor league deal with the Astros, but it is likely that he will end up with the Major League club. He will compete for a job during print training and will be given the chance to prove he still has something left in the tank.
John Perrotto of USA Today says the Astros have also invited Bedard to Major League camp during spring training.
#Astros sign LHP Erik Bedard to minor-league deal with invite to major-league spring training. #Pirates
— John Perrotto (@jperrotto) January 22, 2013
Bedard pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. He made 24 starts and posted a 5.01 ERA. In his nine-year Major League career, Bedard has pitched for four teams; the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, and the Pirates. He has a career ERA of 3.85.
Bedard suffered through back spasms last season, and he spent a chunk of time on the disabled list in 2011. He is certainly not a young pitcher anymore, so there are some legitimate injury concerns that come with signing him. However, Bedard posted a sub-4.00 ERA as recently as 2011. He could be a good pick-up by the Astros.
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