Rays add more depth in pitcher Erik Bedard

Erik Bedard pitched last season with Houston. He could be a starter or the long man in the Rays bull pen.

Erik Bedard pitched last season with Houston. He could be a starter or the long man in the Rays bull pen.

According to Fox Sports the Rays added some more depth at pitching when they signed lefty Erik Bedard on Friday morning, and the 34-year-old is expected to report to spring training in the next couple of days.

Bedard went 4-12 with a 4.59 ERA for Houston last year. He is 67-76 overall in 10 seasons with Baltimore, Seattle, Boston, Pittsburgh and the Astros.

”He’s a guy that we’ve liked in the past and we’re anxious to get him in here and be around him more,” Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. ”He’ll come in to compete for the fifth starter job. I don’t know how that will transpire, but he’s also a candidate to pitch out of the bullpen.”

When the Rays open the season in late March, they’ll take the field as the highest-paid team in franchise history.

A smooth offseason for the AL wild-card winners saw them retain star pitcher David Price for at least one more season, contributing to a payroll expected to be around $80 million.

Friedman says the players won’t feel the pressure of living up to their salaries.

”I think that’s something that guys don’t really lock in all that much,” Friedman said. ”They care much more about who’s in the clubhouse and who the talent is in there. Ever since 2008, we’ve all come to camp with the expectation to win. Irrespective of what our payroll number is, I think the focus is on the talent.” MORE..

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