Bard signed a minor-league deal Sunday with the Mets, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports. The Cardinals released Bard on May 23, so it did not take too long for Bard to find a new home. Right now, it appears this is a move to provide some organizational depth for a team that seemingly always has an important arm or two hurt. The right-hander has not pitched in the majors since 2013 and had a 10.38 ERA with a 2.88 WHIP with Double-A Springfield before his release.
Bard was released by the Cardinals on May 15. He logged a 10.38 ERA, 2.88 WHIP and 7:19 K:BB in 8.2 innings with Double-A Springfield prior to his release.
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.
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