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Erik Bedard would opt out of his deal with the Rays rather than go to Triple-A

Mar 19, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Erik Bedard is competing for a spot in the Rays’ rotation on a minor-league contract, but the 35-year-old left-hander said yesterday that he’ll use an opt-out clause rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A if he doesn’t win the job.

“There’s a lot of starters who have been hurt so there’s a lot of chances and I’ll probably go somewhere else,” Bedard told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Tribune. “Every day it seems like a starter goes down. There’s a lot of opportunities out there if I’m not on the team.”

Bedard makes a very fair point about injuries to starters across baseball creating plenty of opportunities to latch on elsewhere late in spring training, although the odds of a team picking him up with just days remaining until Opening Day and handing him a spot on the big-league roster seem very slim.

Bedard is competing for the fifth starter role with Cesar Ramos and Jake Odorizzi, and manager Joe Maddon indicated that sending him to the bullpen isn’t being considered as an option. Last year, in 26 starts and six relief appearances for the Astros, he threw 151 innings with a 4.59 ERA and 138/75 K/BB ratio.

  1. pewterpiratetampabayray - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Doesn’t sound like a guy with the right mentality to win a starting job right now.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Mar 19, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    They should let burgie tell him he’s cut.

    • indaburg - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Someone with his recent history should be a little more humble.

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 19, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        That could be your intro … followed by “and by the way, clean out your locker.”

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