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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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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