Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:14:36 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays SPs Jake Odorizzi, Erik Bedard and Cesar Ramos all pitched Monday, March 10, as they fight for the fifth spot in the rotation. In his first start of the spring, Odorizzi lasted 2 1/3 innings; he allowed two hits and one walk, also hitting a batter and striking out one. He's still working on the splitter-changeup he has dubbed "The Thing." Bedard, cultivating a changeup of his own, yielded three runs on five hits in three frames. Ramos gave up five hits and two runs in 4 1/3 frames. Manager Joe Maddon said spring training results will not dictate his selection for the fifth starter.
Fantasy Tip: Odorizzi stands as the favorite and is most worth a deep-mixed speculation, but this could be a mix-and-match situation until Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) returns, and even afterward.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:55:33 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jake Odorizzi is working on a new split-fingered pitch that acts like a changeup with late downward movement. He struggled to control the pitch during his outing Monday, March 10. Odorizzi limited damage, though, as he remains firmly in competition with SPs Cesar Ramos, Erik Bedard and Nathan Karns for the final rotation spot. Manager Joe Maddon said the decision won't come down to spring statistics.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:44:39 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays SPs Jake Odorizzi and Erik Bedard are both working on implementing new pitches this spring. Odorizzi is experimenting with a splitter/changeup, and Bedard is working on a changeup.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:03:31 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jake Odorizzi is experimenting with a new changeup this spring as he competes for the fifth starting rotation spot. Odorizzi is using the same split-finger grip as SP Alex Cobb, and he's hoping to have similar success with the new pitch. SPs Erik Bedard and Alex Colome are also competing with Odorizzi for the No. 5 spot.
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:59:38 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays SP Erik Bedard has a contract which calls for $1.15 million base salary if he is in the major leagues, and he has a series of bonuses based on games started, from eight to 30. He could earn as much as $1.625 million. Bedard also has a March 23 opt-out clause.
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:10:36 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said SP Erik Bedard will compete for a starting rotation spot this spring, but he can also pitch out of the bullpen if needed.
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:52:24 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays SP Erik Bedard will compete for the final spot in the rotation or a role in the bullpen, according to general manager Andrew Friedman.
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 07:33:41 -0800
The Tampa Bay Rays signed free-agent SP Erik Bedard (Astros) to a minor league contract.
Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:42:05 -0800
The Tampa Bay Rays are likely to sign free-agent SP Erik Bedard (Astros) to a minor league deal.
Sat, 24 Aug 2013 16:20:46 -0700
The Houston Astros are moving SP Erik Bedard from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Manager Bo Porter said the team would like to see how a younger pitcher will do in the starting rotation.