Astros sign P Bedard to minor league deal

The Houston Astros signed pitcher Erik Bedard to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training Monday.

Bedard spent last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, pitching to a 7-14 record with a 5.01 ERA in 24 starts.

The 33-year-old left-hander has a 63-64 record with a 3.85 earned run average over 192 career appearances (189 starts) with the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox and Pirates.

His best season came in 2007 while with the Orioles, finishing the year with a career-best 3.16 ERA and a 13-5 record in 28 starts.