Daniel Bard

Cubs sign Daniel Bard to a minor league deal

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WAPT’s Mike Perchick reports that the Cubs have signed pitcher Daniel Bard to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Perchick adds that if Bard makes the Cubs’ roster, he’ll have a base salary of $1 million. He can also earn more money in incentives based on appearances.

Bard, 29, was once regarded as a top prospect but he has fallen on hard times. This past season, he made only four appearances for Single-A Hickory with the Rangers. He recorded two outs and allowed 13 runs on nine walks and seven hit batters — and, amazingly, zero hits. The Rangers released him shortly thereafter.

Bard can only go up from there, right?