Daniel Bard once was one of Major League Baseball’s premier setup man. Many viewed him as Jonathan Papelbon’s successor as closer of the Red Sox. Boston attempted to convert Bard back into a starting pitcher in 2012, though, and the results were disastrous. He hasn’t recovered since.
Bard, who issued 6.5 walks per nine innings with the Red Sox over 17 appearances (10 starts) in 2012, returned to Triple-A, where he walked 8.2 batters per nine innings over 32 appearances (one start) that season. The right-hander spent an awful 2013 campaign split between three minor league levels before the Red Sox cut ties with him.
Bard is still trying to right the ship — now with the Texas Rangers organization.