Jun
20

Cashman needs to trade for Josh Bard immediately

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The Padres just picked up heavyweight champ Michael Barrett from the Cubbies, leaving the incumbent Josh Bard in a precarious position. Now Bard isn’t nearly as good as his 2006 numbers suggest (.338-.406-.537, 9 HR & 40 RBI while splitting time with the Pizza-man), but he’s better than his 2007 showing (.253-.335-.349, 2 HR, 19 RBI in full-time duty) as his career line suggests (.267-.330-.408).

Bard would unquestionably be an upgrade over Wil Nieves, but he’s also an almost ideal backup:

  • He doesn’t strikeout all that much (1 K every 6.4 AB, compared to 1 every 4.2 AB for Jorge and 1 every 6 for Wilbert).
  • He’s relatively cheap ($1.05M salary, but that’s because of a healthy arbitration raise after his career year last year).
  • He switch hits.
  • He’s got experience working with a young pitching staff from his Cleveland days (for when Hughes, Joba, et al come along).
  • He’s a great clubhouse guy; I’m talking captain material.

San Diego already has a solid backup catcher in Rob Bowen, and Bud Black doesn’t strike me as a three-catcher kind of manager. What would it take to get him? I have no idea, but I’d try to swing a Tyler Clippard & Brett Gardner for Bard & Cesar Ramos deal. Gardner makes sense for the Pads, they’ll need a cheap, speedy centerfielder to cover the gaps when Mike Cameron hits the bricks as a FA this winter, and Tyler Clippard, well, you all know how I feel about him. Ramos is similar to Clippard, except he’s a southpaw, he’s from a big time college program (Dirtbags in da house!) and has pitched some in some huge games.

Cash has to pull the trigger on this one, it’s a chance to upgrade one of the club’s weakest spots without having to forfeit a ton of talent, and/or getting locked into a soon-to-be albatross contract ($19.1M to Helton in 2011? Sheesh). Just think of how awesome it’ll be when Bard gets that big hit against the Red Sox to help win the Yanks the division.

Update: Turns out the Rob Bowen was part of the package that went to the Windy City; maybe the Pads will take Wilbert as part of a deal…

Categories : Rants

11 Comments»

  1. Gibb says:

    That would be awesome, but mlbtraderumors says that the padres sent Rob Bowen as part of the deal.

  2. Geoff Young says:

    Nieves didn’t have a real good run in SD back in ’02; doubt anyone is in a hurry to see him back here.

  3. John says:

    I would call that trade the steal of the year.
    I’d be willing to go Clippard, DeSalvo, and Gardner just for Bard. The few times I saw him he seemed like a solid defensive catcher.

  4. Joseph P. says:

    Hey, Geoff. I don’t think any team is in a hurry to see Nieves on their roster…

  5. Rich says:

    You list all his offensive accomplishments, how is he defensively?

  6. Sean McNally says:

    Forget Bard… he can’t catch the knuckler, so clearly he’s terrible ;-)

  7. Joseph P. says:

    Sean, a backhanded slap to Varitek is always appreciated around these parts.

  8. Mike from CT (formerly of DC) says:

    I would love to have the right deal for Bard, but Barrett is a free agent after this year, do y’all really thing the Padres are going to trade him and risk not having any catcher next year?

    Sadly, it ain’t going to happen.

  9. Ben says:

    Everyone’s got a price, Mike, and Bard ain’t exactly a catch. The Padres would give him up for the right price.

  10. Rich says:

    Considering how little Torre would play Bard, there is no way that I would give up Clippard. I think he’s worth more anyway.

  11. neil says:

    Chase Wright for Bard?

    or Clippard for Bard and Meridth?

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