Pirates Sign Erik Bedard

The Pirates have agreed to sign lefty Erik Bedard, MLBTR has confirmed.  Canadian journalist Marc Brassard first tweeted news of an impending $4.5MM deal, and the Pirates have since announced the deal.  Bedard is represented by SFX.

Bedard, 32, is coming off his healthiest season since 2007.  This year for the Mariners and Red Sox he posted a 3.62 ERA, 8.7 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 0.97 HR/9, and 42% groundball rate in 129 1/3 innings.  He missed time with knee and lat sprains, which wasn't too bad after shoulder surgeries limited him to 164 innings for 2008-09.  The signing has upside for the Pirates, who needed some depth after losing Paul Maholm to free agency.  Additionally, Charlie Morton had hip surgery in October and could miss the start of the season.


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79 Comments on "Pirates Sign Erik Bedard"


Rabbitov
3 years 8 months ago

Injury Prone and a total jerk, but a very good buy low signing with upside. 

I_Like_Baseball
3 years 8 months ago

haha “and a total jerk”

Since_77
3 years 8 months ago

Woow!  Go Bucs!!

Tacho Bill
3 years 8 months ago

I approve. He could have a great year.

guydavis
3 years 8 months ago

Great half year.

bucco_nation
3 years 8 months ago

Says a guy named guy.

Ethanator99
3 years 8 months ago

Nice deal for the Bucs

I_Like_Baseball
3 years 8 months ago

I think it’s an alright move for the Pirates :thumb up:

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

A+ signing by the pirates here

Karkat
3 years 8 months ago

And now I kind of want him. Grass is always greener…

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

I was so disappointed when I saw this one come up. Really wanted to retain him. I imagine he likely wasn’t interested in sticking around after the clubhouse drama continuing he was never much attached. I absolutely would’ve given him that money.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

even without the ridiculous end to the season, boston was never a great spot for him off-the-field so i’m sure there wasn’t much interest. but $4.5M is a bargain. he’s way, way better than capuano and harang

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

Curious. What was the problem with Boston/Bedard off the field?

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

there was no specific problem; he’s just an introvert. not an ideal environment in terms of the media and the clubhouse

it’s not that he was unhappy necessarily, just that he’d probably choose to be somewhere else if all other things were equal

johnsilver
3 years 8 months ago

Ever se the movie “He was a Quiet Man? Well, Bedard was supposed to be the hero after riding into town and keeping to himself.. Instead.. bedard showed little emotion on the mound, wiped out AA roster of middle prospects and got zilcho in return, except a return to exactly what he was the previous 4 years..All-injured team….

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

Curious. What was the problem with Boston/Bedard off the field?

3 years 8 months ago

are we gonna get the 07 Bedard? doubtful

The_BiRDS
3 years 8 months ago

Bucs taking care of business this offseason! Nice sign

SunsetStripper
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah they sure are.  Rod Barajas, Clint Barmes, Nate McLouth, and now Erik Bedard.  It’s no wonder the Pirates haven’t sniffed .500 in twenty years.

brstreet9
3 years 8 months ago

I guess they should be going after Pujols and Buehrle instead?

SunsetStripper
3 years 8 months ago

The Marlin’s did.  I’m not saying what the Marlin’s are doing is right, but they are spending money this year and making a run at it when their new stadium opens up.  I don’t ever rememer the Pirate’s making a move when they built their new stadium a few years back.

Karkat
3 years 8 months ago

Oh wow. I wasn’t exactly high on Bedard but I do like this signing for the Pirates.

3 years 8 months ago

Karstens/Bedard/Morton/Locke/McDonald

Hm. That’s a very potential filled rotation actually, fantastic signing-hope he stays healthy…

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

Looks pretty brutal actually. 

3 years 8 months ago

thank god for Kershaw because our rotation would be looking haggard 

3 years 8 months ago

thank god for Kershaw because our rotation would be looking haggard 

3 years 8 months ago

you forgot correia. locke wont make the team out of spring training  unless its in a relief role which is doubtful

3 years 8 months ago

Doubtful yes, but looking at his AAA numbers I think if he was ready they wouldn’t leave him in the minors. I expect him to be up in the big leagues by May or June personally unless he dominates in spring training or starts regressing.

If that’s the case it’s hard for me to see someone aside from Correia being bumped out of the rotation unless Karstens struggles.

3 years 8 months ago

As much as I like Karstens, I cant really see him being able to  match what he did last year.

3 years 8 months ago

You forgot K.C. in your rotation.

3 years 8 months ago

hope he’s hurt go soxs

BrandonDbacks
3 years 8 months ago

Nice pickup for PIT

3 years 8 months ago

Once they sign Pujols & CJ Wilson, the Pirates are going to be legit.

hgr900
3 years 8 months ago

That’s probably the only way they’d be legit

3 years 8 months ago

I like the optimism, and I can make that happen in every video game!

cubs223425
3 years 8 months ago

My guess is this is more of a trade in hopes of establishing good value for Bedard to trade him at the deadline, which is what PIT should be doing.

bigpat
3 years 8 months ago

Hell freaking yes!!!

I’ve been wanting them to take a chance on Bedard for years. I know he’s injury prone, but he’s always been one of my favorite pitchers. When he does take the mound, he pitches very well and he finally started coming around last season. He’ll be a great addition to the staff! 

A_Berg_Thing
3 years 8 months ago

I really like this move by the Buccos. Morales signed to back up Barajas, McClouth back in town as a 4th OF (where he belongs) and now Bedard. Plus Bucs looking at Betimet for depth, I like the direction. Bucs look like they have a plan this off-season, and I approve. Now to get a bat at 1B and maybe an inning eater for the rotation (but not necessary). LET’S GO BUCS!!!

pirateswillwinin2013
3 years 8 months ago

McKenry will def be back up to Barajas, Morales will be in AAA first one called up for injury

3 years 8 months ago

Carlos Pena.  2 year deal. 
Jeff Francis 1+ incentives.

3 years 8 months ago

if they sign Francis and Pena we have a solid chance to playoffs as long as Bedard, Pena, and Francis (pena and francis if signed) stay healthy.

domaug
3 years 8 months ago

actually they’re no longer considering Betemit, who would have been pretty good to get to compete for third or second with Alvarez or Barmes.

Shannon Wolfe
3 years 8 months ago

Barmes is going to be the SS for the Pirates. Niel Walker is our 2B….

domaug
3 years 8 months ago

oh yeah i meant SS, my bad

jphenix2002
3 years 8 months ago

Solid move for Pittsburgh!

3 years 8 months ago

Good move, Pittsburgh. Things are definitely looking up there.

RedSx799
3 years 8 months ago

good. he was horrible for the Red Sox. trading for him was a mistake.

Mikey Roederer
3 years 8 months ago

I have to say this is a win win for both parties…Bucs get a pretty legit pitcher who can be filthy when on and healthy..and Bedard gets to rebuild some value in the NL Central…

3 years 8 months ago

I just don’t understand how the Bucs can make a great move, like this one, but then make an awful move in signing McLouth.  It really confuses me.  Also, I think the Pirates should try to get Casey Kotchman.  What do you guys think about that?

Justin Gray
3 years 8 months ago

why is McLouth so awful?  if nothing else, he’s a better 4th-5th OF than X Paul.  and the only thing that would make McLouth a bad signing is if the bucs sign a 1b, and then get rid of G. Jones, who would’ve been the 4th OF, to save a few million.  Jones > McLouth.

3 years 8 months ago

He was a complete failure in Atlanta (offensively & defensively), he talked bad about the Pirates, and it rarely turns out well when teams let a guy go, then get him back years later.  I’m not so sure he’s better than Paul.

3 years 8 months ago

I think their first priority at 1st base is Derek Lee… if they don’t get him they will probably stick with Garrett Jones, Matt Hague or something along those lines.  I would like to see them go after Carlos Pena, but I think they already shot that down.