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Daniel Bard, now with the Cubs, might pitch winter ball

Sep 24, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

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After another miserable season that saw him get dropped by the Red Sox and claimed off waivers by the Cubs right-hander Daniel Bard told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that he’s considering pitching winter ball:

There’s a good chance of it happening. We at least need the innings, just to have something going into spring training next year.

Bard has logged just 17 total innings this season, including zero in the Cubs organization, and hasn’t seen game action since walking four Single-A hitters in one inning back on August 31.

For the Cubs he represented a low-cost flier, so claiming Bard off waivers in the hopes they can still turn him around is a worthwhile move, but he’s nearing the full-on reclamation project stage after back-to-back years filled with extreme control problems and injuries.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    In other roster news involving a disappointing former major leaguer, Johnny Valdespin has completed his 50 day Biogenesis suspension. Rotoworld has reported that the Mets have assigned him to Triple A Buffalo. That is rather amusing as New York’s Triple A team is in Las Vegas. Buffalo is the Triple A affiliate of the Jays and there is no indication that the Jays want the nutty JV.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Edit Function “Jordany”. If I am going to criticize Rotoworld, I better correct my spelling. I did place my anti Rotoworld comment here because Aaron writes for Rotoworld and Craig does not.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Winterball will be good for his confidence.

    When the snowballs he’s throwing get smashed he won’t have to suffer the indignity of watching them land in the stands.

  3. earpaniac - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    This might have been the most predictable waiver claim of all time.

  4. drewzducks - Sep 24, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    One word of advice to the batters he’ll be facing; duck !

  5. bornintoitiniowa - Sep 25, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Watching Bard years ago, he was so dominant. Hopefully, winterball will get him back to the pitcher he was, even if he’s with the Cubs organization.

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