Monday, January 11, 2016

Daniel Bard Signs Minor League Deal With Pirates

(Amanda Swinhart/Boston Red Sox)
The once-and-future closer of the Boston Red Sox, Daniel Bard, has singed a minor-league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Former Boston GM Theo Epstein had signed Bard last year—but he spent the entire season on the disabled list. As the untouchable set-up man (and heir apparent) to Jonathan Papelbon, Bard was ruined by a switch to the starting rotation. It was one of the worst pitcher-related decisions in the recent history of the Red Sox. Bard never regained his 100-MPH dominance—and likely never will.