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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21 Comments on "Rays Release Erik Bedard"


mikey fwedwick
1 year 5 months ago

Jays, get on this

danistheguy
1 year 5 months ago

Man that’s sad.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 5 months ago

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

John Kreese
1 year 5 months 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.

Mike McLellan
1 year 5 months ago

Sadly, this has Blue Jays written all over it.

johnsilver
1 year 5 months ago

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

raffish
1 year 5 months ago

Is he worse than Wolf?

johnsilver
1 year 5 months ago

Flip a coin..

H0RATI0SANZSERIF
1 year 5 months ago

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

mstrchef13
1 year 5 months 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 5 months ago

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

JamieMoyer
1 year 5 months ago

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

connfyoozed .
1 year 5 months ago

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

johnsilver
1 year 5 months 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 5 months ago

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

Jason Calvert
1 year 5 months ago

Just go away Bedard

AJ Ojeda
1 year 5 months 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 5 months ago

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

AJ Ojeda
1 year 5 months 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?

Harold
1 year 5 months 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.

Aaron Johnson
1 year 5 months ago

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