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An e-mail sent by The Associated Press to Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein was not immediately returned. Phone calls to Penny's agent, Greg Genske, also were not immediately returned.
Bard played seven games for Boston in 2006 but struggled to catch Wakefield's knuckler and was traded to San Diego. He batted .202 with a homer and 16 RBIs in 178 at-bats for the Padres last season.
The Red Sox need depth behind the plate -- captain Jason Varitek is a free agent.
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