Feb 28, 2014; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Erik Bedard warms up for the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles in a spring training exhibition game at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Erik Bedard granted release by Rays

Another starting pitcher joins the ranks of free agency 2.0.

The Tampa Bay Rays officially announce that Erik Bedard has been released from the club after being in competition for their rotation. Bedard is expected to search for a starting job, but the Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the team has expressed that the door is open for the lefty’s return if a rotation job isn’t available. If he were to return, it would be on a minor-league deal.

The 10-year veteran has pitched like a back of the rotation guy this Spring, putting up a 6.88 ERA in three starts. Last season with the Astros, Bedard pitched to a 4-12 record with a 4.59 ERA over 32 total games, including 26 starts. He profiles as a pitcher that can fill a gap created due to injury or just an innings eater.

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