The Rays have released pitcher Erik Bedard, tweets  Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Bedard had a 6.88 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in 17.0 innings this spring for Tampa Bay.
Bedard played for the Houston Astros last season and had a 4.59 ERA in 151 innings over 26 starts and six relief appearances.
Rays manager Joe Maddon says Bedard will look for a big league job, but release doesn’t preclude him  from returning to the Rays if not. He also said that Alex Colome’s suspension  increases the Rays need for starting pitching depth.
Sounds like #Rays  have informed players about their plans for final roster decisions, will announce after game today
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) March 25, 2014