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Red Sox to experiment with Bard as a starter

Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:00 pm
 
Daniel Bard

By C. Trent Rosecrans

By most accounts -- or guesses, really at this point -- Daniel Bard appears to be the closer for the Red Sox in 2012. However, going into spring training, Bard will work as a starter, new manager Bobby Valentine said on Saturday.

Speaking to a live audience of fans at Christmas at Fenway, Valentine said he's already spoken to the 26-year-old Bard about working as a starter at the beginning of spring training.

"He's going to be penciled in to be one of those guys who works going from his bullpen to pitching two innings to pitching four innings to pitching six innings," Valentine said (via the Boston Globe). "Whenever we get to that plateau, with the pitching coach I'll hopefully have by my side soon, and all the members of the staff and front office. We'll have to make a determination after that 18-20 inning mark as to where he will be during the season. I told him to prepare to be a starter and if that, in fact, does not happen to be ready and willing to be our closer."

Bard went 2-9 with a 3.33 ERA with a save in 2011, with 74 strikeouts in 73 innings. In his three years in the majors, Bard is 5-13 with a 2.88 ERA and five saves, striking out 213 in 197 innings. He hasn't started a game in the big leagues.

A starter in college at North carolina, Bard started 22 games in 2007, his first year of professional baseball, but hasn't started since. He was 3-7 with a 7.08 ERA at Low-A and High-A in 2007, striking out 47 and walking 78 in 75 innings. He was switched to the bullpen the next season and shot through the minor leagues to the big leagues in 2009.

The move would be similar to what the Rangers have recently done with Alexi Ogando and Neftali Feliz. Ogando stuck in the rotation last season, while Feliz was moved back to the bullpen and used as the team's closer. He's expected to move to the rotation in 2012. Former Ranger and now-Angel, C.J. Wilson was also moved from the bullpen to the rotation in Texas to great success.

The Red Sox could still sign a closer, Ryan Madson and Francisco Cordero are still all the free-agent market. Boston could also turn to former White Sox closer Bobby Jenks, already under contract with the Red Sox. The team could also put another reliever, Alfredo Aceves, into a starter's role in the spring.

Alternately, the team could sign a free-agent starter, such as Roy Oswalt or Hiroki Kuroda, and move Bard back into the closer's role.

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Comments

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:38 am
 

Red Sox to experiment with Bard as a starter

As a life long Sox fan, I ask.... so what? This is a team that finished third in the A.L. East last season, finishing the season with players disrespecting their teams and baseball and playing fundamentally bad baseball with few exceptions. Add to that they lost one their best players, Pappelbon, doesn't fill me with much enthusiasm for the 2012 season. 

The Sox have too many holes and not enough movement to make any fan excited about the Sox let alone whether or not Bard starts, closes or sets up. After the splash the Angels made, even the second wild card berth will be stretch.

Maybe if the Sox were able to get Hanley Ramirez back for Josh Beckett, I might take notice.





Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:00 am
 

Red Sox to experiment with Bard as a starter

In the MLB scroll down under top headlines- Red Sox to make Jason Bard starter
Who the hell is Jason Bard?




Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 8:00 am
 

Red Sox to experiment with Bard as a starter

In the MLB scroll down under top headlines- Red Sox to make Jason Bard starter
Who the hell is Jason Bard?




Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 7:47 am
 

Red Sox to experiment with Bard as a starter

I have to laugh when it's mentioned that Bobby jenks could be used as the closer. I thought they'd rid themselves of him when the season starts



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:15 am
 

Red Sox to experiment with Bard as a starter

Yes! Great News!!! Bard new closer!! Yes!!


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