Rays Designate Erik Bedard For Assignment

The Rays have designated southpaw Erik Bedard for assignment in order to clear roster space for right-hander Joel Peralta, who is coming off the disabled list, the team announced.

The 35-year-old Bedard pitched 75 2/3 innings in a Rays uniform this season, tallying a 4.76 ERA with 7.6 K/9, 3.6 BB/9 and a 33.6 percent ground-ball rate. The former Orioles ace has seen his results diminish over the past few seasons, and he averaged a career-low 87.9 mph on his fastball this season. That drop in velocity likely has something to do with his 7.6 K/9 — also a career-low.

Bedard has yielded an identical .707 OPS to right-handed and left-handed hitters alike in his career to this point, though he developed a reverse-platoon split in 2014. Opposing lefties weren’t fooled by Bedard, slashing a healthy .273/.333/.494 against the veteran Canadian. Bedard signed a minor league deal with Tampa this offseason and made the team out of Spring Training. He’ll join a slew¬†of players in DFA limbo, all of whom can be seen in MLBTR’s DFA Tracker.

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7 Comments on "Rays Designate Erik Bedard For Assignment"

1 year 1 month ago

Will Blue Jays snap up this Canadian?

1 year 1 month ago

I can see the discussion happening, but who goes if he hits the rotation? I can’t imagine him making it to AAA Buffalo without losing him.

Matt Talbert
1 year 1 month ago

Maybe the Yankees – they could do worse I suppose.

1 year 1 month ago

No, he isn’t very good and his ground ball rate is terrible. That is a terrible fit in Yankee Stadium.

1 year 1 month ago

Not that I would expect anything great, but it would be cool if the Rays could get something for him. Maybe a low level lottery ticket.

Jeff Snedden
1 year 1 month ago

Bedard has been toast for two years now. Surprised he lasted this long. When he was with the Pirates in 2012 he was throwing batting practice.

Lexi Ronson
1 year 1 month ago

It’s about time. We have been playing a man down for almost a month now. The constant shuffling of Karns, Beliveau, and Yates back and forth from AAA to the MLB, all while Bedard sits in the bullpen unused, was maddening.