The Red Sox announced that they have reached agreement with Daniel Bard on a one-year deal for the 2012 season. According to a source, the deal will pay the 26-year-old $1.6125 million. The right-hander, who has just under three years of major league service time, was arbitration eligible for the first time.
Bard, 26, set a Red Sox record and tied for the American League lead with 34 holds last season. He had a 3.33 ERA, 74 strikeouts and 24 walks in 70 appearances spanning 73 innings. However, he also finished the year with a 2-9 record that included an 0-4 mark and three blown saves in September, along with a 10.64 ERA. That final note somewhat marred what Bard had called his best season to that point, a year that included a club-record 25-game scoreless streak from May 27-July 31. This year, the Sox will bring Bard into spring training as a starter, with the intention of having him compete for a spot in the rotation.
Bard had filed for a $1.825 million salary, while the Sox had offered $1.4 million.
Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey and David Ortiz are now the only remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible players on the Red Sox.
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