Dodgers To Sign Josh Bard?

11:39pm: The Dodgers are still talking to other catchers and the Bard deal is "not a slam dunk," says Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times (via Twitter).

10:43pm: The Dodgers have agreed to sign Josh Bard to a one-year deal worth about $750K, tweets Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times hears that it's a minor league contract (Twitter link).

Bard, 33, has a career OPS of .705 in parts of ten big league seasons, but his production has slipped in recent years. Since 2008, he has hit .217/.282/.332 in 711 plate appearances. He spent the last two seasons as the backup catcher in Seattle on one-year deals.

The Dodgers have been very active on the free agent market this offseason, as MLBTR's free agent tracker shows. The team has already signed six big league free agents, including another catcher, Matt Treanor, who inked a one-year deal with a 2013 option.

45 Responses to Dodgers To Sign Josh Bard? Leave a Reply

    • RationalSportsFan 4 years ago

      I am similarly confused.  What is he going to do that Treanor, Ellis, and Federowicz can’t?  I have no idea.  Weird signing.

  1. Lastings 4 years ago

    Oh boy, who’s next, Jake Taylor?

  2. Flharfh 4 years ago

    Ned Colletti’s scrub collecting continues. Next on the agenda: trade for Jeff Mathis and sign Yuniesky Betancourt. 

  3. chrisftw 4 years ago

    yes, another washed up catcher. thank you ned

    • m4r1n3r 4 years ago

      Switch hitter off the bench and when he makes contact he can hit a home run or two. Calls a decent game. Cheap. It’s not a terrible signing.

  4. if it was 2005, the dodgers would be stacked


  6. At this point I just do not understand what the Dodgers are doing. 

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      Playing win the standings in reverse.. A Colleti conspiracy…

  7. Liam_Ho 4 years ago

    I’m a Dodgers fan and this is making me laugh and cry at the same time.

  8. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago


    …..I’m sad.

    That is all.

  9. BeisbolJunkie 4 years ago

    Dodgers are on a wal-mart spree. Buying up stuff just because it’s there, stuff that’s on sale, stuff they don’t need, stuff they don’t have the money to pay for, or buying stuff just because they saw somebody else looking at the same thing. They signed like half the infielders on the market. A bench full of utility players won’t put fans in the stands, especially while everyone knows you’re bankrupt.

  10. doyers 4 years ago

    why would the dodgers sign another back up catcher.i thought they wanted a reliver and a bat. is this the bat they were refering to.

  11. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    The dodgers are like the friend that everyone has that consistantly brings the ugly girl home from the bar

    • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

      Well, at least we get lots of ugly girls instead of no girls at all…

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        At first it sounds like a good idea, but theres always the morning after

        • Quest2b1 4 years ago

          Well if you let them stay until morning, that’s on you.

    • RationalSportsFan 4 years ago

      At least that friend doesn’t give the girl 750k.

    • ellisburks 4 years ago

      Go ugly, go home early!

  12. Quest2b1 4 years ago

    Smell a trade coming, Ellis may be part of the package.

    • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

      Please no. I was finally convinced that Ellis could do something. Certainly more than the tandem of Treanor and Bard could do….

  13. Quest2b1 4 years ago

    Maybe TB finally has had it up to here with paying Longoria 6M :)

  14. emododger 4 years ago

    these moves are so euro

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      “these moves are so euro”

      Nice comparison.. They are in financial desperation up to their eyeballs also.

  15. InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago

    What a waste of resources

  16. Nobody understands that AAA needs players too. As mentioned Its a minor league contract. He will be backup catcher in AAA.

    • WrigleyTerror37 4 years ago

      only took 28 post but someone got it!

    • toptimrubies 4 years ago

      Why pay somebody 750k to do that, though?
      Ned seems to be signing people just because they exist.

  17. toptimrubies 4 years ago

    I am so tired of this clown Colletti.

  18. Patrick the Pragmatist 4 years ago

    As a Mariner fan I can say that this is decent pick up for the Dodgers.

    He is a good guy to have around in the AAA if you need to call up an experienced Catcher.

  19. How many Padres cast-off’s do the Doyer’s need? Garland, Harang, Harriston, & Bard? Have fun LA.

  20. Mark Jackson 4 years ago

    Someone take the credit card away from Ned, please.

  21. i had no clue colletti was working for Caltrans

  22. nwh2787 4 years ago

    It’s a minor league deal, he have to try out for the team, but there’s not guarantee he’ll make it.

  23. thegrayrace 4 years ago

    Perhaps a trade involving Eovaldi, Ellis and another piece or two for Gaby Sanchez is in the works…?

    Ned’s effectively locked up all 5 spots in the rotation until 2014 with the Harang and Capuano deals. And with the Dodgers pitching prospect depth (De La Rosa, Eovaldi, Webster, Withrow, Lee, Gould), the logical thing to do would be to deal pitching prospects for a bat. I could see Eovaldi and/or Webster being moved.

    Then again, it is Ned we’re talking about. He’d sooner trade for declining veteran than someone young and with upside like Gaby Sanchez…

    • Signing those pitchers and trading away the cheap pitching talent is such a bad idea

      • thegrayrace 4 years ago

        Yes it is, but it is the type of move Ned would make. This is the guy that dealt Carlos Santana for 3 months of Casey Blake, remember.

        I’d rather we didn’t sign Harang to a 2 year deal and instead went with a 1 year stopgap with potential like Bedard. But a trade for Gaby Sanchez wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. He’s young, cheap, and has upside.

        Worst case scenario would be Ned trading Eovaldi and Webster for some declining veteran 1B… that’s what I fear…

  24. Think Neds gotten into the booze again or maybe he invented a time machine to go back and get the Bard of old

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