Published on September 5th, 2012 | by James Conley0
Pirates Release P Erik Bedard
The Pirates released starting pitcher Erik Bedard late Monday, August 27. Bedard, 33, went 7-14 with a 5.01 ERA and 118-56 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 24 starts with the Pirates.
His 14 losses were tied for the most in the National League at the time of his release.
The Pirates signed Bedard as a free agent in the offseason to a one-year, $4.5 million deal. Health problems were the biggest question mark attached to Bedard at the time of his signing, but performance was his undoing in Pittsburgh. Bedard was tagged for 22 earned runs in his final five starts with the Pirates and 6 in his final outing in which he was booed off the field by a sold-out PNC Park.
Bedard joins Nate McLouth, Yamaico Navarro, Rod Barajas and Clint Barmes as offseason free agent signings who have underperformed for the Pirates in 2012.
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