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I've already written quite a bit about Erik Bedard, both below and at the beginning of November, but now that it looks like a deal is happening I want to give the lefty his own post. You can check out his career stats here and get into the nitty-gritty here at FanGraphs, but basically Bedard is a fastball/curveball guy that can get a lot of swings and misses when he's healthy. The problem is that he's so very rarely healthy that he just signed a one-year deal with the Pirates. Without Paul Maholm, the Pirates' rotation entering this off-season was paper-thin. James McDonald and Charlie Morton, the only two pitchers that offer any sort of upside for the Pirates over their 2011 performances, both have their flaws without even considering how Morton's hip injury will affect him for 2012. Behind them, the rotation is mostly a mess of low-upside guys like Jeff Karstens and Brad Lincoln, no upside guys like Kevin Correia, and complete question marks like Rudy Owens, Je...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Pirates finally seem to be getting in the swing of things as they inked LHP Erik Bedard to a 1-year contract worth $4.5 million. It is a relatively low risk, high reward situation in that IF Bedard can stay healthy (and that is a big if), he has shown he is still very capable of pitching at a high level.
Bedard started 24 games last year as he hit the 20 game mark for the first...
The Pirates have come to terms with free agent starting pitcher Erik Bedard on a one year deal. The deal is worth $4.5 million. It's a low-risk high upside type deal for the Pirates and I do commend them for it.If Bedard is healthy, he can be a top of the rotation type of guy for a Bucco rotation that is lacking top end talent. The problem for Bedard is he rarely makes...
The Pittsburgh Pirates may be close to a deal with free agent left hander Erik Bedard, according to Marc Brassard (h/t to Blitzburgh Blog for the find).
The report is written in French, as is an article translated from a news site in Canada. The translation is a bit rough, but both seem to say that Bedard will sign for $4.5 M plus incentives, and that a deal could be reached today...
Erik Bedard could easily become the ace of the Pirates' starting pitching rotation next season, but he didn't make it sound that way after signing a one-year, $4.5-million contract.
The Pirates made another move this afternoon, signing left-handed starter Erik Bedard to a 1-year, $4.5 million deal.
I don’t have a lot of time for a long post, but I am a big fan of this pickup. Bedard is a very good pitcher – possibly the best on the current staff – when healthy. The problem is that he’s ridiculously injury-prone. Still, it’s a very worthwhile risk for...
The Pittsburgh Pirates and left-hander Erik Bedard have come to terms on a one-year contract. The deal is believed to be worth $4.5 million and is pending a physical, which in Bedard's case isn't exactly a slam dunk.
DALLAS -- The Pirates and free agent left-hander Erik Bedard agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract Wednesday, according to an industry source.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the Erik Bedard signing official, per a team press release. To make room on the 40-man roster, Jason Jaramillo has been designated for assignment. More updates to come.
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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.
Outside of the vacuum, I believe the Pirates’...
Still waiting on the Prince Fielder front. For now, the Marlins appear to have lost out to the Cardinals on Albert Pujols, but just signed free agent starter Mark Buehrle for four years, $58 million, so it remains to be seen whether the Fish want to jump in on Fielder as well. The video above was shot live during Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen's meeting with reporters this...
While all of the baseball world had their eyes glued on Albert Pujols last night, the Pirates kept doing their own thing virtually undected by the rest of the baseball world. The best news, I thought, to come out of last night was Nick Cafardo's tweet that the Pirates are interested in Erik Bedard. Bedard is exactly the sort of high-risk/high-reward starter I want to see the...