Originally written on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 10/25/14
Last year when the Pittsburgh Pirates released Lyle Overbay, I was surprised but I just took it for what it was worth. While Overbay was due a lot of money last year, there was a decent amount of roster turnover last year and once Derrek Lee was acquired there really was no need for Overbay. Now the Pirates have released Erik Bedard. I am honestly stunned that they did it. But while I am stunned, I am thrilled but they need to handle it the right way. Bedard was signed a one year contact worth 4.5 million dollars in the offseason which is a relatively large dollar amount for the Pirates. Outside of April, Bedard did not pitch to that contract at all. This is a move that should have happened at least a month ago but at least it happened. Finally, the Pirates are holding their free agent signings accountable for their performance. This is unheard of to me. I've seen worse players, much worse, last entire seasons just because they were due a certain amount of money. Now this move h...
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