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Former Pirate Erik Bedard retires

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Former Pirates pitcher Erik Bedard has retired.

Bedard signed with the Pirates for $4.5 million prior to the 2012 season. I had high-ish hopes for the signing at the time -- Bedard had been incredibly brittle in the few years immediately prior to the signing, but he'd been effective whenever he'd pitched. He wasn't effective with the Pirates, though (despite peripheral numbers that suggested he deserved a bit better than he got), and his starts could be painful to watch -- he was an incredibly slow worker. The Pirates released him in August of that year.

Bedard served as rotation filler for a terrible Astros team in 2013, then wound up pitching 75.2 innings with the Rays last season. He signed with the Dodgers in January but struggled with injury and didn't end up pitching for them.

Via J.P. Hoornstra.