The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed journeyman left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard to a minor league contract, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
Dodgers sign LHP Erik Bedard to Minor League contract.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) January 19, 2015
Bedard, who turns 36 in March, posted a 4.76 ERA with a 64/29 K/BB ratio in 75 2/3 innings in 17 appearances (15 starts and two relief appearances) for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2014. Once considered a sure middle-of-the-rotation starter, Bedard has totaled only 119 starts in the seven seasons since 2008 due to a litany of injuries - an average of just 17 starts per year.
Having posted a less-than-stellar 4.78 ERA in 352.1 innings since the beginning of the 2012 season, it appears that Bedard's career may be on the downturn. However, with the low risk of bringing him on a minor league pact and the possibility of transitioning him into a full-time relief pitcher role to maximize his effectiveness (and limit his innings), this deal could end up paying dividends for the Dodgers if things fall into place.
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