Bard, Melancon, Mortensen On Waivers

The Red Sox have placed Daniel Bard, Mark Melancon and Clayton Mortensen on revocable waivers, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports (on Twitter). The Red Sox have placed many players on waivers since the current waiver period opened at the beginning of August; this is by no means an indication that they intend to trade more players.

 If the right-handers go unclaimed, the Red Sox would be able to trade them to any team (the players wouldn’t be eligible for postseason rosters). If a team claims one of the players, the Red Sox will have three choices. They can let the player (and his contract) go to the claiming team, they can complete a trade with the claiming team, or they can pull the player back off of waivers. American League teams will have claiming priority on the three Red Sox pitchers. 

39 Responses to Bard, Melancon, Mortensen On Waivers Leave a Reply

  1. GasLampGuru 3 years ago

    Bard is a guy who might need a chance of scenery. Wouldn’t mind seeing him get a fresh start in San Diego. He didn’t pitch well this season, but if anyone can fix him Darren Balsley can.

  2. Redsox7 3 years ago

    Mortensen has been good no point of this with him

  3. Karkat 3 years ago

    If the Red Sox trade Daniel Bard I’m gonna cry, guys.

  4. jeff hoagland 3 years ago

    Bard needs to go back into the bullpen as the setup guy for Bailey, they can’t let Bard go, what the hell are they thinking….oh wait they dont think….

    • sdsuphilip 3 years ago

      The guy had a 7.03 ERA in the minors with 29 walks in 32 IP, simply moving him back to reliever hasn’t helped, there is something seriously wrong.

      • ColonelBoston 3 years ago

        He’s been Joba’d. Teams NEVER learn. Way more often than not, a reliever is ruined when they try to throw him in the rotation — it works much better the other way…

    • melonis_rex 3 years ago

      He’s already back in the bullpen. He’s still struggling significantly.

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      yea, they are the ones missing something

  5. Crosstownkid 3 years ago

    aren’t these Guys under team control for a couple years? Bard I’m sure could fetch something decent and a move to the NL would do wonders. But why move cheap fairly decent bullpen arms mortenson and melancon have pitched well recently

    • BoSoXaddict 3 years ago

      Doubt they really intend to move any of them at the moment..most likely just gauging possible trade interest for the offseason.

    • ColonelBoston 3 years ago

      Do you watch baseball? Melancon has sucked all year w/ a good outing sprinkled here & there (inc. tonight’s 2 scoreless innings). Pitched well recently? Yeah, he’s given up runs in 5 of his last 8 appearances (8 runs total) & has had ONE clean inning since August 1. Mortensen on the other hand has pitched well ALL year (34.1 IP, 2.12 ERA) — NO clue why the Sox would waive him.

  6. Lionel Bossman Craft 3 years ago

    Maybe Texas can turn Bard into a starter.

    • C B 3 years ago

      As an Angels fan, I sure hope they try.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      turning him into a starter (or trying to) was what led to all his problems in the 1st place. They had a power reliever, with a nice, easy motion who threw 97-100 and now they have a reliever, who failed as a SP that can’t repeat his once easy delivery and throws 92-4. It was bad enough he really only had 2 pitches anyway that were decent (slider) and an iffy changeup. Nice going Boston.. Take something that works and break it..

      Morales on the other hand, Threw 95-7 as a reliever and was doing the same as a SP, even 75 pitches plus into games and he actually HAS 3 pitches, yet they continually let failures like Matsuzaka and Cook have turns in the rotation time after time and stick morales on the phantom DL in August.

      • LazerTown 3 years ago

        And MaineSox debated in March that Bard will become a very good starter, and worst is around 4.00 era.

        • johnsilver 3 years ago

          We all make mistakes. I was calling for Valentine to be the sox manager well before any publication brought up his name and it seems every one of his weaknesses have been magnified 10 fold by the useless (mainly NE) media and he might be ready to crackup, if he hasn’t already.

          It shows why we debate here about running teams, rather than actually run one :-)

      • hawkny1 3 years ago

        Cherington was the front office guy who was responsible for Bard becoming a starter, wasn’t he?

  7. lee57 3 years ago

    I would keep Bard for 1 year let him work out his pitching problem. Melancon and Mortensen are good to package together for a right handed power hitter.

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      what is this i don’t even

    • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

      By power hitter you mean someone w/ a pulse?

      • vtadave 3 years ago

        I’m not sure you COULD get someone with a pulse for a Melancon/Mortensen package.

        • saidin09 3 years ago

          Keep Mortensen for 2013, trade Melancon for a can of Bush’s honey flavored baked beans

      • lee57 3 years ago

        well yes. of course a pulse. hmmm was that sarcasim?

  8. Tor Gonzalez 3 years ago

    Melancon is terrible. I would be shocked if someone claimed him.

    • Steve Corbett 3 years ago

      7.50 ERA, but consider his start with the team, where he gave up 11 earned runs in his first TWO innings, incl. six in ZERO innings against the Rangers on 4/17. Take away that start, he’s at 5.03. Bad? Yes, but not hopeless. And, I think, still more worthy of closer than Aceves.

    • melonis_rex 3 years ago

      Relievers are volatile and Melancon is young, cost controlled, and was good as recently as last year.

      No reason a team like Seattle or Oakland or some other team that plays in a pitchers’ park shouldn’t claim him. And no reason Boston should let him go for nothing either.

      • LazerTown 3 years ago

        He isn’t going anywhere. The sox gave up Lowrie to get him. Sure he may not work out as they planned, but I doubt they ship him out for .10c on the $.

  9. rkmarx 3 years ago

    There is 1 of 2 things happening here:
    1.) The Sox are just gauging interest for the offseason. Probable.
    2.) They may have a trade in mind involving one of these players. Doubtful.

  10. Mike Boyer 3 years ago

    trade all 3 for a power bat

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      non closer relievers of which 2 have been nothing short of awful this year, 1 who has lost all semblance of their self (Bard) the one who has done well has 3 months of a track record as a 6-7th inning reliever just does not bring back much on the trade market.

  11. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    Bard for Farrell!

  12. Guest 3 years ago

    What would you think of the Cubs getting Bard though

  13. rockfordone 3 years ago

    that era would fit right in

  14. ERA? Do you know what year it is?

  15. notsureifsrs 3 years ago

    his FIP and SIERA are higher than his ERA

  16. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Poster actually meant “Equal Rights Amendment” and is a leftover protester from the 60’s/early 70s 😉

  17. C B 3 years ago

    Don’t ruin this discussion with facts.

  18. Fair enough. But use them, not the god-awful ERA.

  19. ColonelBoston 3 years ago

    I heard the Red Sox would take a rosin bag for Melancon — new or used.

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