Rays bolster staff with Erik Bedard

Updated: February 14, 2014, 10:58 PM ET
Associated Press

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- When the Tampa Bay Rays open the season in late March, they'll take the field as the highest-paid team in franchise history.

A smooth offseason for the American League wild-card winners saw them retain star pitcher David Price for at least one more season, contributing to a payroll expected to be around $80 million.

In addition to keeping Price, Tampa Bay added veteran pitchers Erik Bedard, Heath Bell and Grant Balfour, as well as catcher Ryan Hanigan.

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