RP - COL
The Colorado Rockies and RHP Daniel Bard have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.925 million contract.
The 35-year-old was recently named National League Comeback Player of the Year. Bard's 2020 season was his first in the majors since 2013. It was a remarkable story and he even wound up earning six saves for Colorado. It'll be important to monitor the Rockies' bullpen moves this offseason to get a feel for whether or not Bard has a shot at any saves in 2021.
RHP Daniel Bard was named the NL Comeback Player of the Year.
Bard, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2013, was an effective reliever for the Rockies this season. He won the award over Adam Duvall and Wil Myers. The 35-year-old posted a (4-2) record along with a 3.65 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and a 27:10 K:BB over 24 2/3 innings in 2020. He was also 6-for-6 in save opportunities. Bard is expected to be the Rockies' primary closer in 2021.
Daniel Bard made a long relief appearance on Thursday against the Giants, tossing 2 2/3 innings to earn the win as the Rockies won in 11 innings.
Bard has been one of the best stories in baseball this year, posting a 3.65 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings pitched. The 35-year-old once seemed like a lost cause as he struggled mightily with control and was close to being out of baseball altogether. The perseverance he showed to get back to the big leagues can't be overstated. Bard has even operated as the Rockies' closer at times this season, saving six games so far.
Daniel Bard picked up his second save in as many days as the Rockies took down the Dodgers 7-6 on Sunday.
Bard was able to work around a couple of walks to throw a scoreless inning. He now has six saves on the season and should be viewed as Colorado's locked-in closer down the stretch.
Daniel Bard picked up his fifth save of the summer on Saturday against the Dodgers, striking out two in an inning of work to preserve the 5-2 victory.
Bard has arguably been one of the best stories of the season. The 35-year-old journeyman now has five saves on the season and looks like the Rockies' closer the rest of the way.