Reliever Bard, Red Sox reach 1-year deal
Bard had asked for $1,825,000 and the team offered $1.4 million. He made $505,000 last season. The Red Sox announced the deal Saturday.
The 26-year-old Bard went 2-9 with one save and a 3.33 ERA last season. He excelled as a setup man for Jonathan Papelbon until faltering in the final month.
There has been talk Bard might fit into Boston's depleted rotation. John Lackey will miss the 2012 season after surgery on his right elbow and Daisuke Matsuzaka is still recovering from right elbow surgery.