Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Bedard's chances in Houston
By Doug Mittler
An Opening Day starter for the Pirates last season, Erik Bedard will try to resurrect his career in Houston after agreeing to a minor league deal with the Astros on Monday.
The 33-year-old southpaw made 24 starts for the Pirates last year and went 7-14 with a 5.01 ERA, but that could be good enough for the fourth spot in the Astros rotation behind right-handers Bud Norris, Lucas Harrell and Jordan Lyles, says MLB.com's Brian McTaggert.
The addition of Bedard could lead to a wide open race for the fifth starter’s role, a competition that includes right-handers Philip Humber, Alex White, John Ely and Jarred Cosart and left-hander Dallas Keuchel.