Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian elects for free agency after clearing waivers – Press Enterprise

Cam Bedrosian, who improved his ERA each of the past three seasons, became a free agent on Friday after he cleared waivers and rejected an outright assignment from the Angels.

The Bedrosian move was the most surprising of a few moves the Angels made as they adjusted their 40-man roster.

They also lost reliever Jacob Barnes, who was claimed on waivers by the New York Mets. Catcher Jose Briceño and infielder Elliot Soto both accepted outright assignments, and Justin Anderson was reinstated from the injured list after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The loss of Bedrosian, however, is yet another indication of the game’s financial state. Bedrosian was due to make around $3.5 million, which would seem to be a reasonable price for a reliever who has a 3.41 ERA over 141 games in the past three seasons.

Apparently, the Angels were unwilling to pay that, which is why they placed him on waivers. The fact that he went unclaimed indicates that none of the other 29 teams wanted him at that price either.

Bedrosian could now sign with any team, including the Angels, for any salary.

A first-round pick of the Angels in 2010, Bedrosian spent parts of seven years in the majors, posting a 3.70 ERA in 285 games. He was their closer for part of 2016, when he had a breakout with a 1.12 ERA.

After struggling in 2017, he improved his numbers in 2018, 2019 and 2020. He credited former Angels pitching coach Doug White for helping him become more consistent with his slider last year.

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