Bedrosian signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Angels on Friday, avoiding arbitration, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Bedrosian received a modest raise, with Los Angeles increasing his pay from $1.1 million to $1.75 million in 2019. He figures to serve as one of the top arms out of the Angels' bullpen next year after posting a 3.80 ERA and 1.39 WHIP with 57 punchouts across 64 innings last season.
Bedrosian was charged with a blown save and the loss after giving up three runs (two earned) on two hits while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning against the Astros on Saturday. Bedrosian entered the eighth inning trying to protect a 3-2 lead, but all three of his baserunners (two singles and a catcher interference) managed to cross the plate. The 26-year-old owns a 3.59 ERA through 57.2 innings, but his 1.42 WHIP and career-worst 8.1 K/9 highlight an underwhelming 2018 campaign.
Bedrosian allowed one hit and walked one across 1.1 innings and was charged with a blown save Sunday against the Athletics. Bedrosian entered the game in the ninth inning with two outs and runners on first and second, and he promptly allowed a single to Mark Canha that tied the game. Though he was charged with the blown save, the run was credited against Blake Parker, who had allowed a home run and two runners to reach base prior to getting the hook. Since allowing four earned runs in his May 30 appearance, Bedrosian has gotten back on track, allowing one earned run on eight hits and two walks while striking out eight across eight innings. If Parker continues to scuffle in his role as closer, Bedrosian would be a candidate to pick up saves.
Bedrosian surrendered a solo home run while striking out two batters over an inning of relief in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Mariners. Ryon Healy's homer off Bedrosian was the first hiccup from the reliever in six June appearances. It has been a disappointing season overall for the 26-year-old, who owns a 4.34 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 7.8 K/9, which are some of the worst marks of his career. Bedrosian's stellar 2016 season (1.12 ERA and 11.4 K/9) is looking more like an aberration as opposed to the breakout campaign it was once considered.
Bedrosian was unable to protect a one-run lead Sunday, allowing two hits and striking out one over 0.2 innings in an eventual 2-1 victory over the Twins. While he wasn't technically charged with an earned run, Bedrosian allowed Shohei Ohtani's inherited runner to cross home in the seventh inning, resulting in his third blown save of the season. Halos closer Keynan Middleton (elbow) had to leave Sunday's contest, so the 26-year-old is on a relatively long list of relievers who could be next in line to close games. That said, Jim Johnson and Blake Parker were saved for the later innings in this one, so Bedrosian may not get first crack at save chances should Middleton land on the disabled list again.