Bard signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals last week, Baseball America reports. A former ace setup man for the Red Sox earlier in the decade, Bard had a legendary fall from grace when his command inexplicably betrayed him in 2012. He's struggled to recover ever since, and was most recently with the Pirates in spring training before he was ultimately released. Now 30 years old and more than two years removed from pitching in affiliated ball, the odds are against Bard reaching the big leagues again.
Bard was released by the Pirates on Saturday. The former ace relief prospect in the Red Sox's organization back in 2008-09 has had a rough go of things ever since Boston greedily tried to convert him to a starter in 2012. He has not pitched in a professional game since 2014. This may be it for him as a baseball player.
Bard threw a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save against the Red Sox on Monday. The 2006 first-round draft choice last pitched in the majors in 2013 (one inning). Bard underwent thoracic outlet syndrome in January of 2014 and is looking to find his way back to the big leagues. The 29-year-old is a longshot but could sign a minor-league deal and make a midseason return if he pitches well.
Bard agreed to a minor-league contract with the Pirates last week, MLB.com's Adam Berry reports. Bard has seen his career fall into a tailspin after he was one of the league's better setup men with the Red Sox from 2009 through 2011. He saw his command betray him in 2012, and has had difficulty finding the strike zone ever since, which has resulted in him making just two big league appearances since the start of 2013. Bard will hope that by connecting with Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage -- regarded as one of the league's top gurus -- he'll be able to revive his stalled career.
The Cubs announced Thursday they cut 12 players from major-league camp, including top catcher prospect Kyle Schwarber,who was reassigned to minor-league camp. The other players reassigned to minor-league camp were pitchers Daniel Bard, Anthony Carter, Jorge De Leon, Gonzalez Germen and Francisley Bueno, infielder Chris Valaika, outfielders Albert Almora, Mike Baxter and Adron Chambers. Pitcher Blake Parker and pitcher Joseph Ortiz were optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
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