“It’s way too much to put into words, said Odorizzi after learning he would be in the rotation. “I feel honored to be picked out of the three, because any one of us could’ve gotten it.”
As a result of the decision, Erik Bedard will opt out of his contract and will try to land a job elsewhere.
When it came down to it, Bedard’s arm just wasn’t impressive enough and in all likelihood, the Rays decided Cesar Ramos was too important for the bullpen to lose.
With Juan Carlos Oviedo doubtful to be ready for opening day after his visa issues, moving Ramos to the rotation would have meant the Rays would have been down two relievers.