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Red Sox avoid arbitration with Daniel Bard at $1.6125M

Jan 21, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

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The Red Sox avoided salary arbitration on Saturday night with right-hander Daniel Bard by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1.6125 million. This according to beat writer Ian Browne.

Bard requested $1.825 million and was offered $1.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged on Tuesday. It took less than a week for his agent and the Red Sox front office to find a middle ground.

Bard has registered a spectacular 2.88 ERA and 213/76 K/BB ratio through the first 197 innings of his major league career. But all those numbers came in relief. The 26-year-old will get an opportunity this spring to crack the Red Sox’ starting rotation.

  1. aceshigh11 - Jan 21, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    What a steal…even with his late-year meltdown, he’s a young stud pitcher and will hopefully toughen up mentally.

    • baseballisboring - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:20 AM

      He doesn’t need to toughen up mentally, he got worn down.

  2. bozosforall - Jan 21, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Either way, he will still suck as a starter…or a closer.

    • Jack Marshall - Jan 22, 2012 at 2:41 AM

      What’s your problem?

      • phukyouk - Jan 22, 2012 at 3:33 AM

        You want the full list or just the top ten?

      • baseballisboring - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:22 AM

        I think it’s called brain-dead-itis, but I’m no doctor.

      • bozosforall - Jan 23, 2012 at 10:45 AM

        A doctor? You couldn’t even be an orderly, retahd.

      • baseballisboring - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:41 PM

        Doesn’t take a doctor or even an orderly to determine that you are a prime example of fetal alcohol syndrome.

  3. randygnyc - Jan 22, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    Forget about the minutiae of his role. What’s important is they have a very young, extremely talented arm for one and a half million bucks. Because the RS don’t have any pitching, this guy will have the real opportunity to succeed at multiple roles this year as starter, closer and late inning relief (this is where I see him blossoming).

    • aceshigh11 - Jan 22, 2012 at 2:30 AM

      Don’t have ANY pitching?

      That’s a serious understatement. Despite EVERYTHING that happened last year, Beckett, Lester and Buchholz are all top-notch pitchers who are capable of excellence.

      • phukyouk - Jan 22, 2012 at 3:34 AM

        Lester you are correct about. Buchholz is a walking ER and the Jury is still out on Backett

      • cur68 - Jan 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM

        Becket was pretty good last season. He’s always good in odd # years and mediocre in even. That’s the juries verdict, anyways.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 22, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        cur68 – as a member of that jury I concur with that verdict 110%.

  4. uyf1950 - Jan 22, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    I have a comment in general about Bard and his future with the Red Sox.

    Has anyone thought or even considered that after this season the Red Sox will be looking to trade Bard? Here are a couple of reason why that thought has crept into my mind:
    1st) At least to me it doesn’t appear that the Red Sox have a lot of confidence in Bard sticking as a starter. Since they traded their starting SS and are apparently in “hot” pursuit of a starter be it Oswalt, or if they pursue Jackson or whoever.
    2nd) Why not during this period between offering arbitration and exchanging figures weren’t the 2 sides able to work out a 2 year deal? That’s certainly not long team which I realize the Sox are reticent to extend to relief pitchers.
    3rd) The Red Sox as best I can tell at least it would appear seem to think Melancon and Bailey are the “guys” for the 8th and 9th innings going forward. Both are under team control for several more years. Much longer than Bard.

    All that just make me think Bard is a short timer for the Red Sox.

    • xavier46 - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:19 AM

      While I agree that trading Bard is a plausible idea and would bring a haul of prospects or could be used in a John Danks trade, I think your second point answers your question. If the Sox were thinking of dealing him, they would have pushed for a longer deal. A Daniel Bard who is traded near the deadline with a couple months left on a deal is worth significantly less than a Daniel Bard with 1.5 or 2.5 years left on a deal at a hell of a price.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:43 AM

        Not sure if you are aware of it but Bard is a “Super 2” he doesn’t become a FA until the 2016 season. If the Sox trade him say at the 2012 trade deadline that still gives whoever the acquiring team is 3 plus years of team control.

        And if he doesn’t stick as a starter with the Sox would make him expendable at the deadline in my opinion with Melancon and Bailey in camp,

      • bozosforall - Jan 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM

        A haul of prospects? For a guy who is a proven choker? Boston fans are delusional as usual.

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