Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard was designated for assignment on Sunday to make room for new additions to the 40-man roster. While his season has been a complete disaster that makes his down 2012 look tolerable in comparison, the memories of his work in relief from 2009 through 2011 remain for organizations who are able to take a shot on his using up a roster spot. The Twins are the latest of these, according to 1500 ESPN's Darren Wolfson: reportedly, they're having preliminary discussions about adding him to their rebuilding process.
Bard has spent almost the entire season at Double-A Portland, but with brief stops at short-season leagues for rehab appearances as well as a two-game stint with the Red Sox. All told, the right-hander tossed 16-1/3 frames this year while walking 29 batters. He recorded more wild pitches (11) and earned runs (11) than strikeouts (10), despite pitching against batters at levels he hasn't seen since last decade, when he was still a prospect.
The Twins have Daniel Bard's brother, Luke, in their system. The Twins selected Luke Bard with the #42 overall pick in the 2012 draft -- three years after the Red Sox had taken him in the 16th round. The 22-year-old has had difficulty staying on the mound and, in a depressing and familiar (or familial) twist, finding the strike zone.
The Cubs were reportedly having similar discussions about bringing Daniel Bard on board, but as of yet, there have been no updates in either direction on their status. The Red Sox could simply let Bard go to any team who claims him, or they would, more realistically, work out a minor deal for a non-roster return. It's unlikely they'll pull him back, as it would mean they would need to put him back on the 40-man roster and designate someone else for assignment, negating the entire point of the initial designation.
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