The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to sign free-agent starting pitcher Erik Bedard, according to MLB Trade Rumors.
Bedard just finished a one-year, $1 million deal which he signed last winter with the Seattle Mariners. After missing the entirety of 2010, the oft-injured left-hander posted a 5-9 record with a 3.62 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 129.1 innings pitched between his time with Seattle and the Boston Red Sox.
Bedard’s best seasons came as a member of the Baltimore Orioles where he won 15 games in 2006 and 13 in 2007. When healthy he is considered to be one of the better strikeout pitchers in the game, however arm injuries have allowed him to start more than 20 games in a season just once in the past four years. The 33-year-old could potentially served as the team’s No. 2 starter behind Jeff Karstens, who posted a 9-9 record with a 3.38 ERA for the Pirates last season.