Found December 10, 2011 on
The "Mc" Effect:
I was reading Jennifer Langosch's post
today about Erik Bedard's incentives in his contract and I couldn't help but laugh. Apparently Bedard gets an extra $100,000 if he wins the World Series MVP award. He gets an additional $25,000 for winning the MVP award of either of the playoff series before the World Series.
I understand you never want to show complete distrust in your team, but Bedard had to kind of chuckle at the Pirates offering him more money if he's the best player in the World Series this year while in a Pirates uniform. Maybe it's just me, but the words "Pirates" and "World Series" just don't go together... okay, no, that's definitely not just me.
Here's hoping Bedard gets that extra 100K.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated right handed pitcher Jeremy Hefner for assignment in order to make room for Yamaico Navarro on the 40-man roster. Hefner was originally claimed by the Pirates on November 18th, after being designated for assignment by the Padres. The Pirates will have ten days to trade, waive, or release Hefner. If he clears waivers, the team can assign him to AAA.
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In a vacuum, I like the Pittsburgh Pirates’ free agent addition of SP Erik Bedard a lot. Despite his age (33) and injury history, Bedard instantly becomes the only pitcher in the rotation capable of striking out nearly a batter an inning- a vital barometer for consistent MLB success.
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