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Bedard: Plans to opt out of his contract if he doesn't make the Rays Rotation.


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http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/10633620/erik-bedard-tampa-bay-rays-plans-opt-contract-not-tampa-bay-rays-rotation

Never been a fan of him, has never really been that special. He's pretty replaceable.

He's 35 years old, He's 2-1 with 7.15 era, and opponents are hitting .347 against him. This is during Spring training, which isn't the greatest competition.

He's not even a viable candidate for relieving. Yet this guy believes he is in any position to "threaten" his way into Rays rotation. With the way the Rays can develop pitchers? I hope they let him go. I'm sure some terribad team will pick him up. I just hope it isn't the O's.

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Two things:

1. Though the article talks about Bedard opting out if he doesn't "make the rotation," it's pretty clear that his opt out clause relates to not making the major league team at all. In other words, he's on a minor league contract with an opt-out, and you really can't blame him if he opts out because he thinks he can be on a major league team somewhere else.

2. Maddon seems to have no problem at all with what Bedard has said: "We would not want to hold him back if he was not chosen," Maddon told reporters, according to the Tribune. "I really like this guy, I talked about it. He's really ingratiated himself to a lot of us in a very brief period of time. He's a professional. He's definitely still good. It's one of those things that if in fact he wasn't a fit for us and he hears from somebody else, you want him to be able to take advantage of the opportunity."

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I wonder if he'll get picked up by anyone. I doubt anyone's giving him a major league contract, but maybe there are teams whose minor league affiliates play in locations that are more palatable to him than Tampa's affiliates, and where his chances of getting called up to the bigs will be better.

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I wonder if he'll get picked up by anyone. I doubt anyone's giving him a major league contract, but maybe there are teams whose minor league affiliates play in locations that are more palatable to him than Tampa's affiliates, and where his chances of getting called up to the bigs will be better.

He's got enough money to write his own ticket if he does accept a minor league deal. I would think that the Atalanta organization might be a landing spot. With the injuries to their starting pitching they might take a flyer on him. My gut tells me there won;t be too many more chances for Bedard to make a major league rotation. Further, I can't wee him reinventing himself as a left handed relief specialist at this point in his career.

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I'd be a little surprised if he doesn't catch on somewhere this season - he was perfectly serviceable for Houston last year, 4.59 ERA over 151 IP, good for 0.9 rWAR. Yes, he'll be 35, but some team will have an injury and need someone who can start. He ranked #99 among starters in fWAR, and with 30 teams, which means on average each team had only three guys better than he was.

I think Frobby's point is good - he may go for a minor league deal to stay on a schedule and play ball in a convenient spot, especially if he can get one with an opt-out date.

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