The Cincinnati Reds have designated right-handed reliever Cam Bedrosian for assignment. The move was made as a response to needing a spot on the roster for Sonny Gray, who was officially activated prior to this afternoon’s game against Cleveland that Gray will be starting.
Heading into spring training, Cam Bedrosian was on a minor league deal with an invite to big league camp. He was impressive at times in Goodyear. He pitched in eight games and posted a 4.15 ERA in 8.2 innings while allowing three hits – all home runs – and walking three batters. He also struck out 16 of the 32 hitters that he faced.
That success didn’t follow back to Cincinnati. Cam Bedrosian struggled mightily in his six games with the Reds in the first two weeks of the year. He threw 5.2 innings, allowed 10 hits, two home runs, walked six batters, struck out seven, and posted an ERA of 11.12. He allowed at least one earned run in four of his six appearances, and in one of the games he didn’t allow an earned run he did allow an inherited runner to score. There was also a second game in which he allowed an inherited runner to score. Fortunately he didn’t really have a direct effect on any of the team’s losses in his appearances. He did pitch in three losses, but one of those games he didn’t allow a run, and in the other two the Reds lost 11-6 and 7-0 while he only allowed a single run in each game.
It’s possible that he could clear waivers and remain in the organization. But given his service time he could clear waivers and still opt for free agency if he chooses.
As for Sonny Gray being activated, it’s the best news for Cincinnati. They add a top end pitcher in the league to their rotation to a team that’s sitting in first place.
Cam Bedrosian elects free agency
After clearing waivers, right-handed pitcher Cam Bedrosian decided to become a free agent rather than accept his assignment to the Cincinnati Reds alternate site. That doesn’t mean he can’t or won’t re-sign with the Reds at some point, but he’s going to look for opportunities elsewhere for the time being and see if there is a better fit for his services.
Editors note: This article was updated on April 21st with the news that Bedrosian had elected free agency.