Pirates Release Erik Bedard

The Pirates have released their struggling starter.

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Pirates To Replace Erik Bedard From Within Organization

After the Pittsburgh Pirates released pitcher Erik Bedard, the Pirates are looking to see who could replace him. Bedard's spot in the rotation does not come up for the next five games so the team has time to consider who will replace him.

Manager Clint Hurdle told reporters that one option is to move pitcher Kevin Correia (9-8, 4.53 ERA) back into the starting rotation. Other options include prospects Jeff Locke and Kyle McPherson. When asked if the team might pursue outside players such as Mark Buehrle or even Roger Clemens, Hurdle immediately quashed those rumors by stating, "Our focus starts in-house."

The Pirates open a weekend series with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. The Pirates currently stand one game back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the final wild card spot in the National League.

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Pirates' Decision To Release Erik Bedard Wins Praise

Erik Bedard had been having one of the worst seasons of his career when the Pirates decided to release him Monday night, but it still seemed a little bit odd to cut ties with the veteran starter so abruptly -- especially with rosters expanding in just a few days.

But as Bucs Dugout argues, with Pittsburgh just three games back in the Wild Card race, the team simply couldn't continue to put the lefty on the mound over the season's final month:

Bedard failed to go five innings in 14 or his 24 starts and while he produced a WAR of 1.4 (fangraphs) most of that came in the first half. Add in the fact that Bedard hasn't pitched out of the bullpen since 2004 and maybe there is no point in having him around.

Bedard hasn't been effective, and with every game of the utmost importance, the Pirates couldn't afford to waste any more hoping he came around, so they removed him from the rotation. Since he wouldn't be of much use to the bullpen, either, they'll add someone else to the roster that can have an effect. Bedard's contract is of the one-year variety, so releasing him won't have any long-term drawbacks for Pittsburgh management.

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Pirates Release Erik Bedard, According To Reports

The Pirates could be close to cutting the struggling starter.

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