Daniel Bard might have jumped to conclusions Monday when he figured the money the Cubs saved this season in trades will allow them to address needs this winter. But Bard who has an association with key members of the Cubs' front office from his days with the Red Sox senses that better days are ahead at Wrigley Field. "I think the pieces are in place" Bard said Monday five days after he was claimed off waivers by the same group that drafted him with the Red Sox's first pick in the 2006 draft. Bard aware of the massive player turnover in the Cubs organization likes what he sees in the young talent that will represent part of their core for several years. But he's not assuming that his association with President Theo Epstein general manager Jed Hoyer or player personal/scouting director Jason McLeod will assure him security. "It's a good situation for both parties and I didn't have to come in here and earn a job right out of the gate because I wasn't in a position to given that I was hurt for three months" Bard said. Bard missed a large portion of the 2012 season because of an abdominal injury and has thrown two bullpen sessions that he likens to spring training. "The whole front office is familiar with me which is a comfort to me" Bard said. "They basically told me to go at whatever pace I need to be and we'll be there to back you." Bard said "without a doubt" he can return to being the dominant setup reliever he was in 2010 when he had a 1.93 ERA in 73 games. He also didn't rule out pitching winter ball if Cubs officials recommended it. Baker's back: One night after pitching five innings of two-hit ball in his first start since 2011 Scott Baker has earned another start perhaps as soon as this weekend at Pittsburgh.
Bard feels at home with Cubs
Chicago Tribune | Sep 10