The Athletics have signed right-hander Cam Bedrosian to a minor league contract, Melissa Lockard of The Athletic reports (Twitter link). He’ll open the year with their top affiliate in Las Vegas.
The 29-year-old Bedrosian is no stranger to the AL West, having spent the majority of his career in the division-rival Angels’ bullpen. The Halos non-tendered Bedrosian this winter and, after latching on with the Reds on a minor league deal, he broke camp with Cincinnati on the heels of a strong spring showing. Bedrosian punched out 16 of the 32 hitters he faced during Cactus League play en route to that Opening Day roster nod.
Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse once the regular season was underway. Bedrosian was rocked for seven runs on 10 hits, including a pair of homers, while posting a 7-to-6 K/BB ratio in 5 2/3 innings.
That said, Bedrosian has a strong track record with the Angels. From 2016-20, he gave them 225 innings of 3.20 ERA ball with a 3.74 SIERA, a 25.1 percent strikeout rate and a 9.1 percent walk rate. He’s missed fewer bats in recent years after seeing his strikeout rate peak in 2016-17, but Bedrosian has been a largely reliable bullpen option who even saw a bit of an uptick in fastball velocity this year in Cincinnati. He’ll give the A’s a rather experienced depth option to call upon should injuries or poor performances among their big league relief corps necessitate some personnel change.
He gave up inherited runs and some untimely hrs indeed.. but far from garbage. 3.8 Era and more strikeouts than innings pitched over 8 seasons means he played well enough to be an MLB reliever, not the Indy league.
From 2016-2020 he had a 3.20 ERA/3.46 FIP, if the A’s can uncover that player again, this will be a great find.
The A’s MUST upgrade over Guduan, Guerra and Romo (as well as Andrus, Garcia, Machin and Kemp) if they’re going to be legitimate contenders this year, otherwise it will be another “coast off the elite stars all year, then collapse in the playoffs” season. Any team is only as good as it’s bench, and the last 5-7 players on this current A’s team have been terrible so far.
Machin will be back in AAA as soon as Pinder comes back. Bedrosian should be up with the big club soon enough.
The challenge is that the A’s would struggle to offer up enough to land someone like Trevor Story, who would be a difference-maker.
How would they struggle? They have plenty on the farm for Story, but being he is a rental, he’d require even less than Arenado.
Logan Davidson, James Kaprelian and Grant Holmes get the job done. The Rockies aren’t exactly good at trades…
He’s a pitcher, not a player. For a non-LHP to last 8 years in the big leagues and still be “garbage” is fairly impressive. He must sort and and recycle like a demon.
pitchers are players…
Bearded Texas Hulk
Certainly worth a flier
Minor league deal, no real risk.
Smart pickup by A’s. Low risk, high reward signing.
Exactly. Why not? It’s not like I’m doing backflips over they guy, but he’s a vet and TBH, the A’s gotta find guys other than Petit and Wendelken that can take the ball in the 6th – 7th innings.
Guduan, Guerra and Romo need to be DFA’d immediately, they are instant runs. Romo in particular, looks either done, or is having one of those years where he’s awful and gets cut, but then goes to another team and is nails.
Speaking of Las Vegas, I can’t wait until the A’s little stadium fantasy in Oakland is over so they can move to Vegas themselves!
Oakland fans, don’t worry. We’ll allow the AAA team to be in Oakland as consolation.
Because every athlete wants to to play in 120 degree desert heat during the summer. Vegas is the worst
Angels & NL West
I hope the A’s get a new stadium in Oakland that allows them to maintain a higher payroll and hold on to their stars. It seems like that would be the best option for MLB.
As a side note, just for grins I looked at highest LV temperatures by year going back to 1931 and its never been as high as 120. Its certainly hot in LV. Very, very hot. But nothing that a dome or retractable roof couldn’t solve. Nonetheless, the desert heat is not for everyone.
then there is the 108 feels like 120
LV is awful during summer months – I assume A’s would need $$$$ to build an indoor state of the art stadium – as am sure raiders are not going to share again.
Why does it have to be the A’s? Why not the Rays? Or Diamondbacks? Or Marlins? Or Angels? Those four teams have a much higher chance of moving to LV, who probably could use a MLB team, as long as they played in a dome.
The A’s will stay in Oakland, no matter what Giants fans think.
“higher” = better
the Angels are not moving lol, nor are the Florida teams most likely.
The Angels draw over three million fans in a normal season. They couldn’t come close to that number in LV.
As an Angels fan, I endorse this message
The Angels finally did something right by not re-signing him!
Flip him to the Giants for Cook, Hayes and Mulholland.