It was quite a surprise when the Pirates signed Erik Bedard before the Winter Meetings last December.  Bedard was a "name player" that had some pedigree to him, but his recent seasons had been injury-plagued.  That was the majority of the reason that the Pirates were able to swoop in and get him early for a 1 year/$4.5M deal.

In a radio spot shortly after his signing, I joked with the host to put me down for July 15th in the "Erik Bedard DL Trip Pool".  I had written and said that I hoped the Pirates could get 24 starts and 120 innings out of Bedard in 2012.  Bedard's next start will be his 23rd and he has pitched 116.1 innings so far for the Pirates this year.  His triple slash line is 4.56 ERA/3.92 FIP/4.02 xFIP (1.5 WAR) so you could say that his defense has let him down slightly.  His...

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