What's everybody's take on this situation? Where does Bard have the best value, starting or closing?
When asked if Daniel Bard is an option to take over as closer, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine responded, "Might be."
It's tough to know if Valentine is being truthful, cagey, misleading, sarcastic, or some combination of them all. At the moment, however, Valentine certainly has to be seriously considering ending Bard's conversion to the rotation. Andrew Bailey is out until after the All-Star break with a thumb injury and Boston's bullpen has been awful thus far. Alfredo Aceves, Valentine's choice to begin the year as closer, has allowed four hits and three runs without recording an out over two appearances. Mark Melancon is 0-2 with a 36.00 ERA and 5.00 WHIP over two games. It's early, so it is probably no time to panic, but if both continue to struggle, Bobby V and Boston's management will have no choice but to mix it up.
Source: Tim Britton on Twitter Apr 8 - 6:39 PM
Ive heard an opinion that part of it is being nice to Bard who will be going into arbitration after this season. A pitcher gets a lot more in arbitration if they are either a closer or a starter than they do if they are a "relief" guy. The management (and most of the fans) dont think Bard can be a closer, so they are letting him try to be a starter.
My take is that they will give him 3-4 starts. If any of those look good they will let him keep trying for a while. If after those 3-4 he isnt looking good, and the bullpen still needs help, you'll see him slide into the back end of the bullpen, and Aceves will either go into the lineup, or who knows what will happen. The bullpen has looked better their last few times out, but was absolutely horrible the first 2 times out.
I agree with Oar, they should have ponied up the money for Oswalt, but there was also a lot of talk around here that Oswalt didnt really want to come to Boston anyway.