Erik Bedard Signed, Jason Jaramillo DFAd

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the Erik Bedard signing official, per a team press release. To make room on the 40-man roster, Jason Jaramillo has been designated for assignment. The Pirates have ten days to trade, waive, or release Jaramillo. If he clears waivers, he could be outrighted to AAA.

Bedard has the potential to be a big addition to the Pirates rotation. When healthy he’s easily the best starter on the staff, capable of putting up top of the rotation numbers. The problem is that he’s a big injury risk. His year by year problems:

2011: Missed 25 games with a sprained left knee. Missed 11 games later in the season due to the same left knee.

2010: Missed the entire season due to labrum surgery.

2009: Missed 25 games with a left shoulder injury. Was out from July 26th to the end of the season with left shoulder inflammation.

2008: Missed 10 games with a hip injury. Missed 3 games to back spasms. Went down for the season on July 10th with a left shoulder injury.

2007: Went down for the season on September 9th with a strained oblique muscle.

2006: No injuries.

2005: Missed 49 games with a left knee injury.

The injuries add a lot of risk to this move, although the move is potentially a high reward move because of Bedard’s skill level. If Bedard can just repeat his 2011 season and pitch 130 innings, this move will be well worth it. The injury history does raise the question as to whether the Pirates should add another pitcher. That wouldn’t be a bad route to take.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • Anonymous

    Now I see why we just signed Jose Morales.  I actually thought Jason Jaramillo would be the backup to Barajas this year over McKenry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740167494 Mike Adamson

    I think Mckenry earned a spot on this team.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OGCKUSO5MA5VUCJHW2YSJ2K3TM Bob

    Hope he can stay healthy, good pickup if he does.  

  • Anonymous

    Trainers and medical staff will be very busy the next season.

  • Anonymous

    Like to see them re-sign Maholm for 4.5 – 5mm.

    • Anonymous

      Didn’t Maholm say he wouldn’t come back?

  • Anonymous

    This goes beyond anything done by NH so far. A real player with upside and signed at what appears on the surface to be good value. Wish he could have gotten another year. Too bad about Betimet tho.