Rays bring Bedard back on a minor league deal
LHP Erik Bedard is back with the Rays, signing another minor league deal Friday, giving them important depth at Triple-A Durham.
Bedard, 35, lost out on Tampa Bay's fifth starter competion during camp to RHP Jake Odorizzi, and was granted his release this week so he could pursue other big-league options.
But Bedard enjoyed his experience with Tampa Bay, calling it a "breath of fresh air," and was open to a return if nothing else materialized.
"It's great to have him back in the fold," Maddon said. "I really think he can come up big for us at some point this year. This guy definitely fits into what we're doing around here."
Bedard, a 10-year-veteran, will join the Bulls rotation, giving the Rays another option since RHP Alex Colome was suspended for 50 games for testing postive for a performance-enhancing drug.
"I'm a little surprised nobody picked (Bedard) up," Maddon said. "He's still got a lot left, there's no question about it, he just needs a little more time to sharpen up. And having him in Triple-A is good for us."