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2021 was an interesting year for Philadelphia Phillies reliever Cam Bedrosian, to say the least, as he jumped between three teams before the end of the season.

After spending seven seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, the team that drafted him, Bedrosian signed with the Cincinnati Reds in February 2021. He got invited to Spring Training with the club, where he'd eventually make it on to the 40-man roster. In six appearances for the Reds, Bedrosian had an ERA of 11.12 over 16 innings pitched, which prompted the Reds to designate him for assignment.

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Following this, the Oakland Athletics picked up the former first-rounder in the 2010 MLB Draft on May 1. Although his tenure with the A's was serviceable, Bedrosian was designated for assignment on July 3, once again finding himself a free agent.

On July 7, the Phillies signed Bedrosian to a minor league deal, starting out in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 30-year-old's ties to Philadelphia through his father, Steve, who won the Cy Young Award as a member of the Phillies in 1987, could have been incentive for the signing. 

Bedrosian would take the mound 11 times for Philadelphia in the majors, posting an ERA of 4.35 over 10.1 innings. 


The role that Bedrosian developed over the course of these 11 outings was a bit erratic. While at times he would be brought in to get the Phillies out of a jam, he would also enter the game as a set-up man. 

Overall, Bedrosian finished 2021 with a 5.04 ERA, 23 strikeouts, and a 1.760 WHIP in 25 innings pitched.

His contract with Philadelphia expires at the end of the season, and it's unknown if the Phillies will look to bring him back, whether it's on the 40-man major league roster or in the minor leagues. 

Bedrosian has seen his time around the league, and proved during his time with the Angels that he can be a reliable reliever, posting a 3.70 ERA in 285 career games with the franchise. So, re-signing him to a cheap one-year deal might not be the worst idea. 

However, it certainly won't fix the bullpen issues that have plagued the Phillies over the recent seasons, and making more moves in the offseason is a must.

Deputy Editor Lauren Amour contributed to this article.

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