Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein will be reunited with right-hander Daniel Bard after the team claimed the former Boston Red Sox reliever off waivers before Wednesday’s game against the Miami Marlins.
Bard, 28, was selected in the first round in the 2006 MLB Entry Draft by the Red Sox, when Epstein was the general manager. Bard posted a career-best 1.93 ERA and three saves in 73 appearances during the 2010 season for the Red Sox.
He pitched in only two games this season for the Red Sox and made 16 appearances at three different minor league levels. He walked 27 in 15 1/3 innings and posted a dismal 6.46 ERA.
In 211 major league appearances, Bard is 10-19 with five saves and a 3.67 ERA in his five major league seasons.
Outfielder Cole Gillespie was designated for assignment to make room for Bard on the Cubs 40-man roster. Gillespie, 29, is batting .203 and has made 25 major league appearances this season. Outfielder Ryan Sweeney replaced Gillespie in the lineup prior to Wednesday’s game.