Rays Release Erik Bedard

The Rays have released pitcher Erik Bedard, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The 35-year-old hurler is expected to seek an MLB opportunity, though Tampa is still interested in bringing him back at the Triple-A level if he does not find a big league roster spot.

Throwing for the Astros last year, Bedard managed a 4.59 ERA in 151 innings over 26 starts and six relief appearances. He struck out batters at a clip of 8.2 K/9 while surrendering 4.5 BB/9 and posting a 36.4% ground ball rate. The veteran southpaw should hold some appeal for clubs looking for an arm to eat innings at the back of a rotation or, possibly, in the bullpen.

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  1. mikey fwedwick 1 year ago

    Jays, get on this

  2. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

    No surprise here, Bedard looked bad this spring and his 2012-2013 numbers don’t inspire much confidence.

  3. John Kreese 1 year ago

    I’m sure he won’t be without a job for long. Sadly he’s an upgrade for a lot of teams out there.

  4. Mike McLellan 1 year ago

    Sadly, this has Blue Jays written all over it.

  5. johnsilver 1 year ago

    Any other Mariner fans have that sinking feeling he’ll soon be on the mound soon as their #5 SP?

    • raffish 1 year ago

      Is he worse than Wolf?

    • H0RATI0SANZSERIF 1 year ago

      Not necessarily a sinking feeling. I’d take him in a heartbeat over Noesi and Beavan.

  6. mstrchef13 1 year ago

    Really? Did the author just say Bedard could be an innings eater? That’s one of the most laughable statements I’ve heard in quite a while.

    • bobbleheadguru 1 year ago

      1. 151 innings is not bad
      2. Still over 8 K/9
      3. His ERA was better than Sabathia.

      • JamieMoyer 1 year ago

        I think the point was that pitchers as injury-prone as Bedard should not be called innings eaters.

        • connfyoozed . 1 year ago

          That, and the fact that he just about never goes 7 innings in a start… and often not even 6.

        • johnsilver 1 year ago

          Injury eater? DL list eater? Maybe have a contest here for the exact date he lands on the DL list for the 1st time perhaps?

          • JamieMoyer 1 year ago

            Perhaps it would be more appropriate to say that innings eat him (and his arm).

  7. Jason Calvert 1 year ago

    Just go away Bedard

  8. Alex Ojeda 1 year ago

    He hasn’t logged over 160 innings since 2007, hasn’t cracked more than 28 starts since 2007, hasn’t won more than 10 games since…2007!

    It baffles me how a guy like this gets a job and keeps being considered a “viable” option. He’s injury prone, has proven he can’t keep an ERA under 4.00 and he’s demanding a major league deal? The last 6 years he hasn’t even totaled 30 wins (26 to be exact). He should just go away or accept a AAA assignment, he’s nothing special and is nothing to clamor about.

    • Tigers72 1 year ago

      You still think wins are a good way to judge a pitcher?

      • Alex Ojeda 1 year ago

        And you still think because he strikes outs a lot of hitters is a good way to judge him as a viable or decent option?

  9. Harold 1 year ago

    I didn’t get the point of having him in camp. Way to many younger better arms in the organization. Was no way this guy was making the opening day roster short of a rash of pitching injuries.

  10. Aaron Johnson 1 year ago

    I think the O’s should sign him and trade him to the Mariners for Adam Jones, Chris Tillman, and George Sherill.

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