Found March 19, 2014 on Sports Rumor Alert:
PLAYERS: Erik Bedard
TEAMS: Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Rays have always been rich when it comes to pitching talent.  That's why they have been so good for so long.  They also seem to always have veterans in camp to fill holes when it's needed.  This past February, the Rays signed Erik Bedard to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training.  Four of the five rotation spots look locked down and the bullpen looks quite close to full so not many holes to crack.  Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Tribune tweets: #Rays Bedard said he'd use opt-out rather than report to AAA if he doesn't make team and look to hook on with one that needs a starter— RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) March 18, 2014Via Tom O'Neill of the Charlotte SunHe has since stated he's looking at the fifth starting spot, one that will eventually be held by Jeremy Hellickson.  He is currently battling back from injury but likely won't be ready to return for awhile. This Spring, Bedard has pitched in 11.1 innings, compiling a gaudy 7...
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