The bad performance yesterday — and most of the season — may be enough to doom Daniel Bard’s future as a starting pitcher, but if there was any doubt about it, read this from WEEI:
According to a major league source, as we sit here right now, the Sox’ priority when it comes to bolstering the big league roster in the days leading up to the deadline is finding starting pitching depth.
This from a team that has Daisuke Matsuzaka poised to return soon and will have Aaron Cook back soon as well.
Bard has 37 walks and 34 strikeouts in 55 innings and an ERA of 5.25.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.
Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.
Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.
Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”