Astros sign pitcher Erik Bedard

Astros sign pitcher Erik Bedard
January 21, 2013, 8:15 pm
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The Astros signed veteran left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard to a minor-league deal on Monday evening.

With the deal comes an invitation to Spring Training as a non-roster player.

"It's nice to add a quality, proven, veteran left-handed pitcher who has a great amount of experience in the American League to a rotation dominated by right-handed starters," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "It's a great opportunity for him, and we're looking forward for him to come in and have a great spring and earn a spot on the 25-man roster." 

Bedard, 33, has a 3.85 ERA in 192 MLB appearances (189 starts) with a 63-64 record. He has 1,044 strikeouts in 1,077 innings pitches. Bedard spent the 2012 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He made 24 starts; he went 7-14 with a 5.01 ERA.

Bedard's best seasons came in 2006 and 2007, where he won a combined 28 games.

From 2006-09, Bedard had the third-best winning percentage (.629) and second-best ERA among lefties. Bedard has started an Opening Day game three times in his career.