Lefty Bedard Effective in Pirates 4-2 Loss to Twins

BRADENTON, Fla. – Left-hander Erik Bedard gave up just one hit –a two-out single to left field by the Minnesota Twins’ Josh Willingham in the first inning –over three scoreless frames with three strikeouts in his second Grapefruit League start of the season at McKechnie Field on Saturday. “30 pitches, and he had good command of his fastball,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. “I thought he...

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Erik Bedard Feeling Healthy and Strong

BRADENTON — Erik Bedard signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates in December, adding a lefty to the rotation, and depth to the pitching staff. Over the off-season, Bedard has been working hard to be healthy and strong heading into the 2012 season. “Just the normal stuff: workout the legs, the upper body, the whole body thing, and get your arm strong,” Bedard said of his workouts. “That’s the basic...

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Updated Value of a Win & How It Relates to Andrew McCutchen

A recent piece on Fangraphs re-establishes the value of the cost per win on the free agent market. How does this affect the decision by the Pirates this past off-season and going forward with Andrew McCutchen?

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The Pirates Need Another Starting Pitcher

The Pittsburgh Pirates made one addition to their starting rotation this off-season, adding Erik Bedard to a one year deal. Their rotation heading in to the year looks decent, with Jeff Karstens, Charlie Morton, and James McDonald all looking like locks for the rotation. They also have Kevin Correia and Brad Lincoln as the top options for the fifth starter role. That group doesn’t have an ace, but has a few guys who qualify as...

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40-Man Roster and Payroll Updates

With the signings of Erik Bedard and Nate McLouth being made official, the following updates have been made to the site: -The 2012 40-man roster/payroll page has been updated. The current projected salary is $43.2 M. -The Future Payroll Chart has been updated, adding Bedard and McLouth, and removing Pedro Ciriaco and Jason Jaramillo. -The off-season transaction page has been updated. -A note on Ciriaco and Jaramillo, who were both...

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