Pirates Release Erik Bedard

The Pirates released lefty Erik Bedard, reported Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Sulia.  Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette later confirmed the story.  The Pirates confirmed that they have released Bedard and announced that they'll make a related move this afternoon.

Bedard, 33, posted a 5.01 ERA, 8.5 K/9, 4.0 BB/9, 1.00 HR/9, and 43.3% groundball rate in 125 2/3 innings this year.  The Bucs signed Bedard in December to a one-year, $4.5MM free agent deal, so they still owe him about $910K.  Assuming Bedard hooks on somewhere, he's on track to reach 130 innings for the first time since 2007.  He's had some nice runs this year, but an 8.79 ERA over his past three outings may have been the nail in the coffin for the Pirates as they battle for a wild card spot. 

Veteran Kevin Correia could be a candidate to replace Bedard in the team's rotation.  A.J. Burnett, James McDonald, Wandy Rodriguez and Jeff Karstens round out the Pirates' starting five.