12/2 Cubs won’t tender Bard
The Cubs have decided to not tender a contract to reliever Daniel Bard. Once a dominant set-up pitcher with the Red Sox, Bard was claimed off waivers in September. At that time, Theo Epstein told the right-hander they were committed to him for the long haul. Bard struggled after the Red Sox tried to convert him to a starter and battled a strained abdominal muscle this season.
When he joined the Cubs, Bard did not get into a game but worked on the side with pitching coach Chris Bosio. They videotaped the sessions, even though Bard was unaware of the cameras as the Cubs hid one in the ivy and another in a door at Wrigley Field.
In November, Bard appeared in three games for Caguas in Puerto Rico, but was able to retire one of the 13 batters he faced. He gave up seven earned runs, walked nine, hit three batters, and threw four wild pitches.
The right-hander is now a free agent. The Cubs could still re-sign Bard, who made $1.8625 million this year.
– Carrie Muskat