One by one, the Pirates have checked off areas of need this offseason.

Catcher: check. Shortstop: check. And Wednesday, they crossed left-handed starter and corner outfield depth off the list.

The Pirates signed left-hander Erik Bedard and former Pirate Nate McLouth to one-year deals on the third day of baseball's winter meetings. They aggressively pursued their first two free-agent signings, Rod Barajas and Clint Barmes, and continued that course of action this week.

"Our intent was to execute our game plan and where that took us as far as acquisition of personnel, that's where it took us," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've had pretty good aim, it seems like, because the matches have worked."