Bard signs with Rangers

Daniel Bard will try again, this time with Texas.

The Rangers signed Bard to a minor league deal Friday, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported earlier in the day that Texas was closing in on a deal.

Once a dominant set-up reliever for the Sox, Bard’s career went into a tailspin when he successfully lobbied to become a starter in 2012.

Over the last two seasons, Bard has walked 101, hit 18, and thrown 21 wild pitches over 107.2 innings in the majors and minors while posting a 6.52 ERA. The Cubs claimed Bard after the Red Sox placed him on waivers in September, but he did not pitch for Chicago.

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Bard recently had thoracic outlet syndrome surgery to correct a nerve issue in his arm.

Bard struck out 213 and allowed only 132 hits over 197 innings for the Red Sox from 2009-11. He had a 2.88 ERA.