Mar 5, 2014; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Erik Bedard (40) throws a pitch against the New York Yankees at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rays re-sign Erik Bedard

Just a couple of days after being released by Tampa Bay, Erik Bedard has returned to that organization.

The club announced that they had re-signed Bedard as pitching depth. The slow-paced lefty will report to Triple-A and begin the season there. Bedard had opted out of his original deal and been given his release in the hopes of finding a major league job, but it did not appear there was much interest in the 35-year old.

This Spring, Bedard pitched in five games, posting a 6.88 ERA over 17 innings. His presence in the minor leagues is even more important with the new MLB Drug Suspension policies. Should Tampa Bay reach the playoffs and be in need of an extra arm, they presumably would not be allowed to use first-in-line Alex Colome, as he was suspended earlier in the week due to PED use. MLB’s new rules prohibit players suspended at any point in the year from playing in the postseason.

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