Bard avoids arbitration
It appears as if catcher Josh Bard has avoided arbitration, settling on a one-year deal with the Padres catcher for the 2008 season worth $2.2375 million.
An official announcement by the team could come as soon as Thursday afternoon.
Bard, 29, is the last of the team’s arbitration-eligible players to settle. Bard asked for $2.5 million after a season where he hit .285 with five home runs and 51 RBI. The Padres countered with an offer of $1.85 million.
Bard made $1.05 million last season.
The Padres had previously agreed to terms and thus avoided arbitration with pitcher Wil Ledezma and shortstop Khalil Greene.
"The Padres are a professional organization. I want to be here and a part of the team," Bard said Thursday. "They were hard negotiations but fair. It’s business. I’m ready for business to get done."
Bard reported to camp in Peoria on Thursday,, the report date for pitchers and catchers. The first workout is Saturday.