The price to sign Daniel Bard


In 2006, the Yankees picked Ian Kennedy with the 21st pick of the amateur draft. In the lead-up to the draft, the Yanks were rumored to be interested in both Kennedy and Daniel Bard, and the Bombers eventually saw Bard slip to the Red Sox. It wasn’t the first time Bard was linked to the Yanks though.

Three years earlier, the Yankees used their 20th-round pick to select the current Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard out of high school but failed to sign him. WEEI’s Alex Speier caught up with Bard recently, who said he told the Yankees it would have taken $2 million to turn pro. “I think I told them I wanted $2 million, and if it happens, great,” said the right-hander. “They never even made an offer. I [thought] they would have. But they knew I was geared towards going to college.” Bard instead went to North Carolina to start.

The draft, and especially the Yankees draft philosophy, was quite different back then. Going way over slot to sign late round picks was not yet the norm, and the Yanks really weren’t all that focused on the draft back then. A $2 million signing bonus would have been the tenth largest given out that year, whereas it would have been only the 13th largest bonus of the the first round in last year’s draft.

Meanwhile, late-round overreach picks are fairly common. The Yanks tried to draft Daunte Culpepper late in the 1995 draft when he was a heralded high school arm, but he opted not to sign. The Red Sox selected Pedro Alvarez late in the 2005 draft, but the current Pirate turned down $1.5 million to go to college. Bard long ago joined that list of missed picks that litter the majors.

While we’re on the subject, make sure you check out Cliff Corcoran’s chat with Kevin Goldstein about some Yankees farmhands over at Pinstriped Bible. Some great stuff in there.

Categories : Minors


  1. felixbanuelos says:

    Culpeppe played baseball???!

  2. mike_h says:

    dude, I just skimmed the headline and thought it said “Yanks Sign Daniel Bard”

  3. pat says:

    Bard could probably be one of the best young starters in baseball if he had spent his formative years throwing offspeed stuff and refining his delivery in the Yanks organization instead of just killing college kids on the strength of his FB and slider. Oh well.

  4. Another Bronx Dynasty says:

    They would have had the Bard Rules & messsed him up, but learn from that & not destroy Joba.

  5. Juke Early says:

    The real point is how every day, in every way the Charles River Chowdahs try so hard to be like the big boys they so much wannabe. Lurking in the bushes, and grabbing what got left out in the rain. . ..

    • poco says:

      Hey Juke..
      who would want to be like the yankees who only won one world series? Your team only won one single world series in the last ten yrs.
      YOur in a dream world. YOu talk about winning so many world series.
      With the team now in NY try to live off the reputation of people who mostly won a lot of those world series and a lot of them are dead now.
      The Celtics won 12 champions in a row …but we don’t go bragging
      about that and that’s the best record in any sport.
      Your gonna really hate the Sox this yr.
      Another thing now is there is a lot of bickering going on between the players and the owners. Either fire someone or shut up.
      I wish your team luck same as I do the Red sox,

  6. LemdaGem says:

    Young arms are always a crap shoot. The phenoms and can’t miss types
    may live up to the hype, but if they get rushed to the majors to soon with mechanical issues in their deliveries that blow out an elbow or shoulder like Kerry Wood and Mark Prior, the end result is worse,
    you wrecked an ace pitcher by not preparing them properly on how to
    stay healthy over the course of a 162 game schedule.
    The other side of the equation is Joba C. where the management screwed
    up one of the best set up kids in the AL.

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