[Earlier] he Rays are “likely to sign” lefty Erik Bedard to a minor league contract according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
If Bedard pitches well in spring training he could have an outside shot to be the fifth starter. But more likely, Bedard was signed to add depth at triple-A and he likely will get an in-season opt-out option.
Bedard, who finished fifth in the Cy Young voting in 2007 with the Orioles, made 26 starts for the Astros in 2013. In his last two seasons combined, with the Astros and Pirates, he was 11-26 with a 4.78 ERA, 256 strikeouts and 131 walks in 276.2 innings.
He had a 4.38 FIP in 2013 which suggests he pitched a little better than his other stats indicate.