Worst Free Agent Contracts in Pittsburgh Pirates History

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Erik Bedard, former Pittsburgh Pirats Pitcher
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#6, Erik Bedard, 1-year $4.5 million

Erik Bedard signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in December 2011. The contract included performance bonuses based on the number of innings Bedard pitched during the season. He was expected to provide a veteran presence in the Pirates' starting rotation and help the team compete in the National League Central division. Despite battling injuries and inconsistency during his time with the Pirates, Bedard's contract was seen as a reasonable investment by the team at the time.

Erik Bedard played for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 2012 season. He signed a one-year contract with the team and was expected to bolster their starting rotation. Bedard had a strong start to the season, posting a 2.48 ERA in his first five starts. However, he struggled with consistency and battled injuries throughout the season.

He finished the season with a record of 7-14 and an ERA of 5.01 in 24 starts. The Pirates declined their option on Bedard for the 2013 season, making him a free agent. Overall, his time with the Pirates was marked by a mix of promising performances and struggles with consistency and injuries. The hope was that Pittsburgh Pirates would be able to trade Bedard at the deadline for a return. That was disappointing at the time, but not surprising given the year he had.