USATSI_7393468_154511044_lowres[Update] Jon Heyman of is reporting that the two sides have reached an agreement.

[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.



  1. Dave L says:

    He only made $1.15M last year so he's in our price range.

    I suppose if we can 60 or so innings in 10 or so starts we can expect an ERA around 4.5 to 5.

    Then if we can manage to win half those games it will be a success.

  2. Ken says:

    During an off season where the Rays stockpiled some very promising young arms at the expense of a middle reliever and a back-up catcher this signing smacks of the "Fausto" signing last year. Are they uncertain about the abilities of Ordorizzi, Colome, Andriese and Karns? Do they see something in Bedard that makes them think he'll be any better than "Fausto"? The numbers for both last year are striking similar in IP, ERA, GS, and HR's allowed. In fact, considering Bedard pitched for an AAAA ball club he has a slight edge, IMO. I can see him as competition for Ramos and a spot start or two, but not much else.
    Friedman usually pushes all the right buttons, hopefully this track record continues.


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