Boston Releases Bard

March 18, 2009 | 9:23 pm  

Josh Bard gave it a try in Boston for a second time. It didn’t work out, again.

Traded by the Red Sox after appearing in seven games in 2006, Bard returned to Boston as a free agent this off-season. His second stint ended Wednesday. The Red Sox announced they will release him.

Will the Rockies be calling Bard?

Originally drafted by the Rockies and dealt to Cleveland, Bard has been contacted by the Rockies in recent years, incuding the past off-season.

The Rockies, however, wanted him to go to Triple-A Colorado Springs to provide depth. They are going to start Chris Iannetta at catcher, and have Yorvitt Torrealba, who is guaranteed $4 million, to backup Iannetta.

The Rockies, however, would like a solid alternative at Colorado Springs in case of an injury or if at some point during the season a team has a need and is willing to take on Torrealba’s salary.

There was money involved in the Wednesday release of Bard, who was signed to a $1.7 million non-guaranteed deal. By releasing Bard on Wednesday the Red Sox had to pay one-sixth of the base salary — $283,333. As of today, any player released without a guaranteed deal receives one-four of the base salary as severance pay.

Bard struggled with the Padres last season, hitting .202 and limited to 57 games by ankle problems. He, however, hit .338 with nine home runs and 40 RBI in 231 at-bats with the Padres in 2006, and .288 with five home runs and 51 RBI in 389 at-bats in 2007.

Red Sox officials indicated they plan to go with left-handed-hitting George Kottaras, 25, as the backup to Jason Varitek. Korraras is out of options.