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Cotillo: “Good Chance” Rays Sign Erik Bedard

There is a “good chance” the Rays sign Erik Bedard, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

Bedard has been around the majors for more than a decade, and spent last season with the Astros. At one point the Canadian southpaw appeared en route to becoming one of the best pitchers in the game, but injuries derailed his ascent.

These days, Bedard profiles as a back-end starter. He still features a quality curveball, however, he’s been less effective at missing barrels in recent years than during his heydays. Bedard employs deceptive mechanics that see him turn his back to the batter, and he creates sharp angles due to his crossfire delivery. He likes to shift around on the rubber, even within an at-bat, and can lose himself and the zone due to an inability to repeat his release point.

It would seem the Rays are hedging their bets following the Jeremy Hellickson injury. In addition to Bedard, the Rays have Jake Odorizzi, Alex Colome, Enny Romero, and Nate Karns who have big-league experience. Matt Andriese, acquired in the Logan Forsythe trade, also figures to be ready for the majors within the calendar year.

The deal is expected to be of the minor-league variety—or a cheap one-year agreement, if it is, for whatever reason, a big-league contract.

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