The Nationals have signed a handful of pitchers to minor league contracts thus far who will compete for jobs in Spring Training. Aaron Barrett, Luis Avilan, Paolo Espino, and Javy Guerra, are all guys who will most likely be reassigned to the minors three weeks into camp. They are good pitchers, though not special pitchers. Nothing separates them from the hordes of other relievers on the market. When push comes to shove though, they’ll be needed to get outs if there is an injury on the big club. Having a couple extra pitchers like this wouldn’t hurt.
Cam Bedrosian is one of these pitchers. He is a veteran guy with decent numbers who is also coming off an injury shortened season. A right abductor strain limited Bedrosian to just 14.2 innings for the Los Angeles Angels a year ago, though he will be ready come camp time. Throw out a dreadful rookie campaign and the seven-year veteran has an ERA of 3.49 with an even better FIP.
Relievers like Bedrosian, though dwindling in numbers this late in the offseason, are still a dime a dozen, meaning he’d sign for a no-frills minor league contract. Bring him in, give him an opportunity to make the team. If he doesn’t, stash him in the minors as injury protection.
The former first round pick is the son of former Cy Young Award winner, Steve Bedrosian.