Aug 3, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Erik Bedard (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Rays likely to sign Erik Bedard

In light of recent news about Jeremy Hellickson missing the first few months of the season due to surgery, the Tampa Bay Rays are trying to acquire some options.

One of those options could be Erik Bedard. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is hearing that the Rays could bring the lefty aboard on a minor league deal.  The deal would likely include an invite to Major League Spring Training with an opportunity to join the rotation or be the Rays’ long reliever.

Bedard, who will be 35 in a couple of weeks, has had problems over the course of his 10-year career. Last season, with the Houston Astros, he had a poor 4-12 record with a 4.59 ERA over 151 innings pitched. His poor walk rate of 1.84 K/BB and walk rate of 4.5 per nine innings is likely to blame.

Bedard has also pitched for Baltimore, Boston, Seattle, and Pittsburgh before spending 2013 with the Astros.

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