Erik Bedard lost out on the battle for the No. 5 spot in the Rays rotation and could have sought a job elsewhere. But he loved his time with Tampa Bay so much, he's willing to head to the minors in an effort to return.

Bedard signed a minor-league deal Friday and will head to Durham.

"It's great to have him back in the fold," Joe Maddon said. For more of his comments Friday head HERE.