Pirates sign Erik Bedard!
The Pirates have come to terms with free agent starting pitcher Erik Bedard on a one year deal. The deal is worth $4.5 million. It's a low-risk high upside type deal for the Pirates and I do commend them for it.
If Bedard is healthy, he can be a top of the rotation type of guy for a Bucco rotation that is lacking top end talent. The problem for Bedard is he rarely makes it through a season unscathed. You have to go back to 2006 to find the last time Bedard went through a season without an injury.
He's been a full time starting pitcher since 2004. He averages 18.5 starts per season, Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers made 34 regular season starts last year, so that should give you a good feel for how many games Bedard has missed.