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Rays release Erik Bedard and Juan Carlos Oviedo

Aug 4, 2014, 6:58 PM EDT

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times confirms that the Rays have released left-hander Erik Bedard and right-hander Juan Carlos Oviedo. Both will be free to sign elsewhere tomorrow.

Bedard was designated for assignment last week after set-up man Joel Peralta was activated from the disabled list. The 35-year-old southpaw has spent most of this season in the Rays’ rotation, posting a 4.76 ERA and 64/29 K/BB ratio in 75 2/3 innings across 15 starts and two relief appearances.

Oviedo was given the boot last weekend when Jeremy Hellickson rejoined the Rays’ rotation. After missing all of last season following Tommy John surgery, the 32-year-old got off to a good start this year, but he wore out his welcome after allowing 10 runs over his final 15 appearances.

  1. nsstlfan - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    I don’t know Bedard’s win lose record, but looks like he’d be a good pickup for a team that needed a starter or reliever.

    • stex52 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      Only really as a stop gap measure. His K/BB stats are pretty good. Pretty much everything else is not.

  2. garryfish - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Welcome to the Yankees, Erik

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