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Bedard, McLouth to sign with Pirates

Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 3:40 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


DALLAS -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with free agent starting pitcher Erik Bedard, CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler has learned. Jon Heyman reports the deal is one year for $4.5 million. Also, the Pirates have agreed to bring back outfielder Nate McLouth on a one-year, $1.75 million deal, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Bedard, 32, figures to have rounded out the Pirates' starting rotation for the 2012 season along with James McDonald, Jeff Karstens, Kevin Correia and Charlie Morton (who is recovering from hip surgery). With that mix, it's entirely possible Bedard is the opening-day starter for Pittsburgh.

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The left-handed Bedard finished fifth in AL Cy Young voting back in 2007, but has been unable to stay healthy since then. He's made 54 starts in the past four seasons, including zero in 2010. Last season, he went 5-9 with a 3.62 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 125 strikeouts in 129 1/3 innings. He began the season with the Mariners and then was shipped to the Red Sox in a deadline deal.

One item of note: Bedard has always played in the American League. The switch in leagues should benefit him. He is 8-3 with a 1.82 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 133 strikeouts in 113 2/3 career innings against the National League during Interleague play. It's not the largest sample and much of that came pre-injuries, but it's still reason to believe he'll improve with the shift.

McLouth, 30, was an All-Star and 20-20 guy for the Pirates, but has been awful for the Braves the past two seasons. It's possible he competes with Alex Presley for the left field job or simply serves as a fourth outfielder (I'd guess the latter is more likely).

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Comments

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:23 am
 

Bedard, McLouth to sign with Pirates

That's money WELL spent this year, way to go BUCS! Now get a little power at !B, and we're ready to et it started



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:09 am
 

Bedard, McLouth to sign with Pirates

Oh no, what are the Red Sox left with? Just the loud mouth, beer swilling rednecks? And Marco Scutaro?



Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:08 am
 

Bedard, McLouth to sign with Pirates

I like these signings for the Bucs and their offseaon in general, signing Barmes who is reliable with Barajas who still has a good HR/AB ratio & if Bedard pitches well he can be trade bait if they fall out of contention.  Its not as flashy as what the Marlins did in the offseason but these moves should push Pittsburgh to be competitive.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:55 pm
 

Bedard, McLouth to sign with Pirates

Bedard reminds me too much of Mike Hampton....an overpaid burly left-handed pitcher who never seems to be able to stay healthy.



Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Bedard, McLouth to sign with Pirates

Good move by the Pirates to sign Bedard.  Only a one year deal which is perfect for Bedard given his history of injuries.  If he fails to stay healthy then it only screws you for one year and if he turns out to pitch like he did in '07 then the Pirates can either hold onto him and possibly make the playoffs for the first time in a very long time or just use him as trade bait and get some prospects from a contender.  I like this move a lot, makes sense.



Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:27 pm
 

Bedard, McLouth to sign with Pirates

Why Bedard ??????
He is a fossil. 



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:04 pm
 

Bedard, McLouth to sign with Pirates

Now the Pirates have McLouth AND Charlie Morton! Braves fans must be overwhelmed with hysterical laughter jealousy.



Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:02 pm
 

Bedard, McLouth to sign with Pirates

I remeber when McLouth was traded to the Braves and Pirate fans were like, Oh no, End of the world!!!



Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Bedard, McLouth to sign with Pirates

As a Mets fan Im very jealous of teams like the Pirates that can go out and sign high priced free-agents like this.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:42 pm
 

Bedard, McLouth to sign with Pirates

Bedard might make some nice trade bait for the Pirates. McLouth is their typical signing. A guy who sucked eslewhere.


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