Yankees Name Luke Bard For Assignment – MLB Trade Rumors

Yankees Name Luke Bard For Assignment - MLB Trade Rumors

11:43 AM: The Yankees have made official their slew of moves, including Rizzo’s IL placement, Bard’s DFA and Guzman’s selection to the active roster. Plus, a third baseman Josh Donaldson was placed on the paternity list, on the right David Garcia was called up by Triple-A, and Miguel Andujar was called up as the 29th man for today’s doubleheader.

8:02 AM: The Yankees designated a righty Luke Bard for a task, as first indicated on the equipment transaction log at MLB.com. Presumably, his 40-man spot will go to first baseman Ronald Guzmanwho was in the clubhouse yesterday and is selected to be selected to the big league roster to fill the spot of the wounded Antonio Rizzo. However, the Yankees have yet to formally announce the move, so it remains to be seen if there are any more transactions on the horizon.

Bard, 31, was waived by the Rays organization a month ago but appeared in just one game with the Yankees (during which he threw a shutout inning). He spent the remainder of his stint with the organization in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he yielded four earned runs on nine hits and four walks with eight strikeouts in eight innings of work.

Overall, Bard carries a 1.80 ERA in 15 big league frames and a 4.78 mark in 32 Triple-A innings. The 2022 season marked Bard’s first game action since 2020, as he missed the entire 2021 campaign while rehabbing from April hip surgery — an injury that ultimately ended a four-year stint in the Angels organization.

Bard has now appeared in parts of four minor league seasons and between the Halos, Rays and Yankees, posting a 4.44 ERA in 81 innings. This year’s average of 94.1 mph on his fastball is right in line with previous seasons, as is his top-of-the-charts spin rate on the pitch; Bard led the Majors in four-strikeouts in 2018-19 and is in the 99th percentile this season. That trait alone obviously won’t lead to immediate success, but it’s been attractive enough to keep Bard on 40-man rosters for most of the past several years.

At that point in the season, the Yankees won’t have any options with Bard other than placing him on outright waivers or clearing waivers. Anyway, he will be available to the 29 other clubs. He’s been off the hook once in the past, when he cleared waivers last October while still recovering from that hip procedure. As such, even if he goes unclaimed on waivers, he would have the ability to reject a direct assignment to Scranton in favor of free agency.

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