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Minor Moves: Pirates Release Daniel Bard

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According to Peter Gammons, the Pittsburgh Pirates have released pitcher Daniel Bard. He was a long-shot to help out the team at any point based on control issues and injuries that have derailed his career since 2013. He was once a top reliever in baseball, but a move to the rotation in 2012 by the Red Sox ended up poorly and he hasn’t pitched well at any level since. Bard was signed in January and has been working out in Extended Spring Training, not having much success during the times we saw him. He pitched four Spring Training games for the Pirates and allowed three runs over 1.2 innings.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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