Daniel Bard’s career with the Boston Red Sox may have come to an end Sunday.
Bard was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster, this coming just a few years after many experts had Bard penciled in as the closer of the future for the Red Sox.
In 2010, in 73 appearances, Bard had an ERA of 1.93, striking out more than one batter per inning. He was also a valuable asset in the Red Sox bullpen in 2011.
After the 2011 season, the Red Sox parted ways with closer Jonathan Papelbon, seemingly opening the spot for bard. Instead, the Red Sox traded for Andrew Bailey, and tried to move Bard into the rotation, a move that completely backfired for the Red Sox.
In the near two seasons since Bailey has been a member of the Red Sox, he has spent more time on the DL than not, and the attempt to move Bard into the rotation resulted in an ERA of 6.22 and his K/9 dropped below six.
This season, Bard has spent the majority of the season in the minor leagues and has battled injuries. Now that he has been designated for assignment, the Red Sox have three options. They can try to trade him, they can outright release him, or they can keep him down in the minors. The latter is probably the least likely, as a 28 year old reliever that has not been above AA in the minors this season isn’t really much of an asset, especially with only a few days left in the Minor League season.