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Report: Pirates sign left-hander Erik Bedard for $4.5 million

Dec 7, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

Erik Bedard AP

This certainly won’t quell the rumors that the southpaw isn’t big on pressure situations.

According to Marc Brassard and MLB Trade Rumors, the Pirates and Erik Bedard have agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Bedard made 24 starts last season and went 5-9 with a 3.62 ERA for Seattle and Boston. He proved that his stuff is still mostly intact after years of shoulder problems, but it’s anyone’s guess is he’ll ever put together another full season. The 32-year-old has made 30 starts in a year just once. Last year’s 24 was his high total┬ásince 2007.

Bedard will join Kevin Correia, James McDonald and Jeff Karstens in the Pittsburgh rotation. Charlie Morton could also have a spot if healthy, but the Pirates will likely be on the lookout for one more starter this winter.

  1. phukyouk - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    for seriously? 4.5 Mil? its no wonder the Pirates never go anywhere. they spend their money on crap pitchers…

    • uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:11 PM

      Is this you being serious? I just want to check.

      • phukyouk - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:17 PM

        100%… he had.. what… a season and a half of being decent? and since being traded to the M’s was complete and total crap… 4.5 sound like 2.5 more than anyone else would have offered him.. Unless he got that in arbitration?

      • Matthew Pouliot - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:21 PM

        Nope, no arbitration involved. $4.5 million seems about right to me, though. I wouldn’t wager on the number of starts, but I imagine he’ll have an ERA under 4.00, possibly well under 4.00.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:26 PM

        Matthew, $4.5MM does seem a bit high. I look at Garcia who just signed with the Yankees for $4MM plus incentives and then see Bedard signing for $4.5MM. It does seem a bit out of proportion.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:35 PM

        That’s fair. I’m certainly a bit higher on Bedard than most. I’d take my chances with him over Garcia or Bruce Chen.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:15 PM

      I actually like the signing. Better to take a chance on Bedard than throwing money at Correia-types. He probably won’t make more than 20-25 starts, but he should be plenty good when he’s on the mound.

      • phukyouk - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:18 PM

        I’ll take that bet.. i say he makes 20 starts tops and in those 20 he has something in the neighborhood of a 5 ERA

      • Kyle - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:23 PM

        You must have come to that 5 ERA figure after consulting with Bedard’s career 3.54 mark.

    • Kyle - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:20 PM

      Bedard will earn 4.5 million in about 8 starts. The Pirates are going to get surplus value and potentially have a trade chip at the deadline.

  2. uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    I wonder if the Red Sox were counting on Bedard being available to fill the back of the rotation again this year with both Lackey and Dice K out? Lackey for all season and Dice K probably until the AS Break.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:13 PM

      I don’t think Bedard was comfortable in Boston. My guess is that both sides were content with it being a two-month relationship.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:20 PM

        Is it just me or do the Red Sox seem to be moving at a snails pace this fall and winter in addressing “their” issues. Be it players that need to be signed or on field personal that need to be replaced like but not limited to a pitching coach.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:23 PM

        Very slow. But that’s probably the smart strategy, at least when it comes to players. Ignoring the top-shelf guys for a minute, those third-tier players always get too much money early in free agency (for example, everyone the Dodgers have signed so far). Teams are better off waiting.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:33 PM

        Matthew, I couldn’t agree more if you are just looking to fill out one or two spots on the roster. But as I see it the Sox need to sign 2 starters to fill out both Lackey’s and Dice K’s spot in the rotation. They need to decide what to do about the closer position. They need to decide what to do with the RF position and they need to get some help in the bullpen now. That seems like a lot to leave and wait for things to settle down. Also perhaps not as pressing is what about the long term (season health) of Youkilis to man 3rd base on a day to day basis. Something he hasn’t been able to do so far.

    • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:28 PM

      So much for that “vaunted” Red Sox pitching staff that the fans were bragging about just a year or two ago. LMAO

  3. bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Yet another rat who escapes the Red Sox sinking ship.

  4. taz101 - Dec 7, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    I agree the 4.5 million seems a little high, but you have to realize the Pirates are generally going to have to overpay for their targets, whereas a contender would typically be able to make the signing at or slightly above fair market value; even below in some cases. Its called Pirate Taxing.

  5. ridgeavenuehr - Dec 7, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Signings like this give us Pirate fans hope-you know, like Lyle Overbay last year.

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