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Daniel Bard (Bleacher Report)

Daniel Bard (Bleacher Report)

The Mets need some fresh bullpen help, both in the minors and the majors. A small deal may have given them a tiny bit of luck. Daniel Bard is coming to the Mets on a minor-league deal, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo.

Immediately after the Mets designated Sean Gilmartin for assignment to make room on the main roster for Seth Lugo, the Cardinals claimed him off waivers. It’s only fitting that the Mets took one of their own then. Daniel Bard has spent his time this season playing for St. Louis’ Double-A (Springfield) affiliate. He was 0-1 with a 10.38 ERA in ten relief appearances for them. If those numbers don’t sound so sexy to you, don’t be so surprised. The 31-year old Texan last played in the big leagues in 2013. 

Bard’s biggest contribution in the majors was as a member of the Red Sox. From 2009-2013, Bard was one of the go-to guys for the team. In 2011, he set a club record with 25 consecutive scoreless appearances. Later in the year however, he started to struggle. The Red Sox made matters worse by converting him into a starting pitcher in 2012. He ended up going between the majors and the minors that season, ending it with a 5-6 record and a 6.22 ERA. 

Since the 2013 season, Bard has worked on coming back to the majors. After going through various organizations, the Mets are the latest to give him a look. It is unsure if he will be joining the team at all this season. However, a new scenery might provide the perfect opportunity for him to get his mojo back. 

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Baseball Editor, Misc. Sports Editor. Covers all things combat sports (MMA, Pro Wrestling and Boxing). When he's not writing, Daniel hosts a podcast, The Main Event.
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