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Astros sign left-hander Erik Bedard to minor league contract

Jan 21, 2013, 8:12 PM EDT

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Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Astros have signed left-hander Erik Bedard to a minor league contract with a spring training invite.

Bedard, who turns 34 in March, posted a 5.01 ERA and 118/56 K/BB ratio over 125 2/3 innings last season with the Pirates. He actually pitched pretty well early on, compiling a 3.26 ERA over his first 12 starts, but he was knocked around to the tune of a 6.98 ERA over his next 12 before being given his release in late August.

Bedard isn’t a good bet to hold up physically, but there’s opportunity with the rebuilding Astros. A solid spring should earn him a rotation spot alongside Bud Norris, Lucas Harrell, Phil Humber and Jordan Lyles. And if all goes well, the Astros could eventually flip him for a prospect.

  1. redsoxbruins94 - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Finally the move Astros fans have been waiting for. World Series is within reach.

    • mazblast - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      If the remote is within reach.

  2. gustavov8 - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Astros 2012 Payroll: 60,651,000 – Last place NL Central
    Red Sox 2012 Payroll: 146,371,619 – Last place AL East

    • stex52 - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      Astros 2013 payroll < 30, 000, 000. Prediction: last in the AL West. They at least have a handle on losing efficiently.

      Thanks for the thought, anyway.

  3. tdbj89 - Jan 21, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    yea the red sox suck too man.

  4. dinospizzaandpasta - Jan 21, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    how the mighty have fallen, it was only a few short years ago that he was traded to the Ms for so much and now he has to settle for the dreaded minor league deal, such a shame.

  5. thebraso - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Rolling the dice for a prospect flip. Good move.

  6. fearthehoody - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    I hear my Mariners want to deal Tajuan Walker, Nick Franklin, and Dustin Ackley for Bedard. Oh Bill Bavasi you jokester

  7. byjiminy - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Dang, there goes the Twins’ ace!

  8. dcfan4life - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Does the Astros projected rotation strike fear in anyone? Ya didnt think so…

    • astrofaninkc - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Yes, actually, it does. It just happens to be their own fans.

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