The Pirates sign Daniel Bard

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Minor league deals of fringe players are not news, but whenever the minor league deal goes to a player that used to be something — or was supposed to be something — it still makes you stop and think about it for a minute or two. On this basis Daniel Bard signings will always be something we make a note of. He just signed with the Pirates, Rob Biertempfel reports.

Bard hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2013 and his odyssey through multiple organizations since then has been one of the more unfortunate things to watch a once-promising pitcher go through. He was signed by the Cubs about a year ago but didn’t make the team and didn’t pitch anyplace, majors, minors or independents in 2015. The year before 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. The Rangers released him shortly thereafter.

Here’s hoping the year off has cured him of the yips, Steve Blass disease or whatever else derailed Bard’s career.