Minor Moves: Pirates Release Daniel Bard

According to Peter Gammons, the Pittsburgh Pirates have released pitcher Daniel Bard. He was a long-shot to help out the team at any point based on control issues and injuries that have derailed his career since 2013. He was once a top reliever in baseball, but a move to the rotation in 2012 by the Red Sox ended up poorly and he hasn’t pitched well at any level since. Bard was signed in January and has been working out in Extended Spring Training, not having much success during the times we saw him. He pitched four Spring Training games for the Pirates and allowed three runs over 1.2 innings.

  • I wish Bard luck. It is great to hear from Gammons that Bard will be success in whatever he does…that speaks a lot to what Bard’s character consists of. It’s a shame that’s not always enough in life but I hope Bard is successful at whatever he attempts.

  • I agree with Peter. Daniel is truly a good young man. I got to know him a little at Pirate City the last two months or so. Despite the difficult time on the mound he always kept his head up. He knew there were more important things than baseball.

  • Bring back Jason Grilli! He lives in the area.