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Pirates Rumors: Erik Bedard On Bucs' Radar

The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo tweets that the Pirates are interested in free agent starting pitcher Erik Bedard.

I'm still probably chafing a little bit from the fact that the Bucs just agreed to sign a replacement-level player in Nate McLouth, and I should be happy that the Pirates also reportedly have interest in a starting pitcher who's actually pretty good. But that's kind of the problem - most good players don't give the Pirates a second thought. Bedard pitched reasonably well for both the Mariners and the Red Sox last season. He'll probably always be a health risk, but he's talented, and the Pirates need starting pitching.

Unfortunately, they did last season too, and while they were initially connected to the talented Jorge de la Rosa (and they dodged a bullet by not signing him, but that's another matter), they eventually wound up with the replacement-level Kevin Correia. I'll be pleasantly surprised if that doesn't happen again.

Via MLB Trade Rumors.

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