The Colorado Rockies have a few players that could be traded here in the next few weeks but one that hasn’t often been mentioned is Daniel Bard.
Part of that is because he struggled to start the season but he has been much more effective as of late.
He was the NL Comeback Player of the Year in 2020 but from Opening Day through May 2, Bard has an ERA of 9.00 in 15 appearances with an opponent slash line of .364/.440/.727 against him. Since then, in 15 appearances, Bard has an ERA of 1.50 with an opponent slash line of .202/.283/.313.
There are a slew of teams that are in contention that would love that kind of an arm at the backend of their bullpen, including the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, and Oakland Athletics. All of those teams are in the bottom (or near the bottom) half in bullpen ERA on the season.
There are plenty of more teams that would be interested too, including teams who have had bullpen issues of late or injuries.
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But what would Daniel Bard get for the Colorado Rockies in a trade?
Bard, who will turn 36 next week, would likely get the Rockies a few mid-level prospects in return. There is some trade history to look after, though.
Last year, the Rockies traded for Mychal Givens, another veteran, backend reliever who had control for the remainder of the season plus one more year of team control.
The Orioles traded Givens to the Rockies for infielder Terrin Vavra, infielder Tyler Nevin, and a player to be named later.
Vavra, now 24 years of age, was the Rockies #7 prospect at the end of the 2019 season after he drafted in the 3rd round of the 2018 Amateur Draft. In 2019, he hit .318/.409/.489 in Single-A Asheville. In 2018, in Short Season Single-A Boise, he hit .302/.396/.467.
Nevin, also now 24 years of age, was the Rockies #11 prospect at the end of the 2019 season. He was drafted out of high school in the 1st round of the 2015 Amateur Draft by the Rockies.
In 2019, he played in Double-A Hartford and hit .251/.345/.399 in 130 games and in 2018, he hit .328/.386/.503 for Advanced-A Lancaster.
Nevin made his MLB debut with the Orioles this season but is currently with Triple-A Norfolk.
The player to be named later became Mishael Deson. Deson, 18, only was signed by the Rockies in 2019, when he was signed out of the Domincan Republic at the age of 16 and he only played with the Rockies Dominican teams (combined for 61 games).
Considering that Givens wasn’t a closer and Bard is (or can be for the acquiring team), Bard may get even more in a trade return.
Will he be traded? As it stands, I doubt it because the Rockies have plenty of other players that they should trade before Bard (Trevor Story and Jon Gray to name two) but it is definitely the Rockies should consider … if they get a good offer.