Sources close to the A’s tell me that their impression is that “Bard is not their top target” as a young catcher to acquire. Chad Moeller was mentioned in Susan Slusser’s article as another option, though he really can’t be considered young anymore. (He’ll be 29 in February, a year older than Hernandez and three years older than Bard.)
However, Moeller was just acquired by Milwaukee as part of the Richie Sexson trade. He is currently the only catcher on the Brewers roster, with both Eddie Perez and Keith Osik filing for free agency. Maybe the A’s interest in Bard just rekindled?