Former Mariner Bedard signs with Pirates

Former Mariner Bedard signs with Pirates
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Erik Bedard works against the San Diego Padres in the first inning during their baseball game Friday, May 20, 2011, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with veteran left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard and outfielder Nate McLouth.

The 32-year-old Bedard was 5-9 with 3.62 ERA in 24 starts for Seattle and Boston last season after missing 2010 because of shoulder problems.

McLouth spent four-plus seasons with the Pirates before being traded to Atlanta in 2009. The 30-year-old struggled with the Braves, hitting .198 in 2010 and .228 in 2011.

Bedard could step in immediately at the top of Pittsburgh's rotation while McLouth could provide depth in a crowded outfield.

The Pirates had earlier Wednesday signed free agent catcher Jose Morales to a minor league deal.

The switch-hitter hit .267 for Colorado last season before breaking his right thumb June 15 and not playing again.

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