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

4 Comments

Bard can still be productive. We should sign him on the cheap and find a coach who knows psychology as well as pitching and rediscover that unlimited promise the young man once had with the Bosox. We can be patient as we are not going to be relevant until 2015 at the earliest.

They can now sign Bard to a Minor League deal or he can go else where and work out his problems. No need to keep him on the 40 man roster.
Add Yim and Gamel to that statement.

Bard has a history with Theo & Co. in Boston and his cousin is AA Tennessee outfielder John Andreoli, so I’d say there’s a decent chance that he signs a minor league deal with the Cubs. Then again, if he was pissed off about being videotaped without his knowledge, who knows?

I am hoping the Cubs take a chance on a few guys like Bard and Gamel to Minor League contracts. Been away for a week, but there were a couple OF’s that other teams dropped along with a couple pitchers that looked interesting.
Of course these guys are going to go with the best money offered, but you never know?

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