The Colorado Rockies have been entertaining offers for their impending free agents. One of them is closer Daniel Bard. In 37 games, he has 21 saves with a 1.91 ERA. He also has a 1.035 WHIP, a 3.55 FIP, and an average of 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings. However, is walking 4.5 batters per nine innings.
An acquiring team would only have him for the next two months or so as he is a free agent at the end of the season. Fortunately for the Rockies, Bard could be a hot commodity because a lot of teams need bullpen help and Bard could be a closer or a setup man.
Here are 10 teams that could look to trade for Daniel Bard before Tuesday’s trade deadline.
The Boston Red Sox could look to trade for Daniel Bard
More than any other team besides the Rockies, the Boston Red Sox know Daniel Bard well since they drafted him in the first round in 2006. He was with them through 2013, pitching in the majors from 2009 through 2013.
The Red Sox have a bullpen ERA of 4.23, which is 23rd in the sport. Their bullpen ERA in July is also 5.53, which is 27th. They also don’t have a definitive closer. No Red Sox reliever has more than six saves but eight relievers have at least one save.
The Red Sox are in last place in the AL East but they still have a 50-50 record, which is just 3.5 games back for the last AL Wild Card spot so they could be desperate to get some bullpen help and try to claw back into the playoff picture.