Rockies keep Bard, give closer two-year extension

by Daryn Albert - Colorado veteran closer Daniel Bard, 37, the subject of trade rumors ahead of Tuesday's deadline, agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Rockies on Saturday, before his team hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field.

Colorado Rockies end rumors, give veteran closer Daniel Bard, 37, two-year contract extension 5:03 PM ET ESPN News Services DENVER -- Colorado Rockies closer Daniel Bard has signed a two-year contract extension, the team announced Saturday. Bard, 37, was the subject of trade rumors ahead of Tuesday's deadline but his deal keeps him with Colorado through 2024. The hard-throwing righty is 3-3 with 21 saves and a 1.91 ERA in 37 games this season. His 21 saves were fifth in the National League and tied for seventh in the majors entering Saturday. Bard broke into the majors with Boston in 2009 and spent five seasons with the Red Sox. His team in Boston ended with control issues after just two games in 2013. Editor's Picks 2 Related He briefly retired from baseball and served as a player mentor for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2018-19, then signed with the Rockies in 2020. He earned NL Comeback Player of the Year honors in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, going 4-2 with six saves and a 3.65 ERA in 23 games. He regressed in 2021 with a 7-8 record, 20 saves and a 5.21 ERA but has bounced back this season. In three seasons with the Rockies, Bard is 14-13 with a 3.94 ERA and 47 saves, which rank seventh all-time in franchise history. The Rockies, who reshaped their offense in the offseason, adding Kris Bryant and Randal Grichuk , have struggled in the National League West and are looking ahead to next season. Entering play on Saturday, Colorado was 45-56 before hosting the Dodgers at Coors Field. The Associated Press contributed to this report.