Red Sox Free Agency 2011: Erik Bedard Signs With Pittsburgh Pirates

Erik Bedard will not be returning to the Boston Red Sox, as the veteran southpaw has reportedly signed a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to multiple reports. Bedard was traded to the Red Sox prior to the trade deadline last season from the Seattle Mariners.

Bedard is coming off of a one-year contract worth $1 million. Sources of FOX Sports' Jon Morosi confirmed to him that Bedard has signed with the Pirates, and Bedard will reportedly receive $4.5 million from the Pirates, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Bedard was 5-9 with a 2.62 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 24 starts last season between Seattle and Boston. In eight starts with Boston, Bedard was 1-2 with a 4.03 ERA and 38 strikeouts. In his career, Bedard is 56-50 with a 3.70 ERA and 926 strikeouts in 168 games.

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