Poll: Should the Sox Put Bard Back in the Bullpen?

The latest debate in Red Sox Nation is what to do with Daniel Bard. At one point, he looked like the closer of the future, then he was suddenly groomed for a move to the rotation. Now, after failing to impress overall this spring (12.2 IP, 7.11 ERA, 6/10 K/BB), the word is that Bard might be headed back to the pen despite the acquisitions of two closers this offseason. While Bard has been shaky at best, 12.2 innings are not nearly enough of a sample size to be able to draw a finite conclusion on whether or not he’ll be able to successfully transition to a starting role. That being said, the Sox can ill afford to have him struggle as a starter early in the regular season. The AL East is tough enough as it is and last season’s slow start ended up hurting the Sox in the end.

In this week’s poll question, we ask you to give your straight forward opinion on whether you think Bard should be put back in the bullpen or not.

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Last week, we asked you to identify one player that will have a better-than-expected season in 2012. Carl Crawford led the voting with 32-percent of votes cast. Cody Ross, who is having an excellent spring, came in a close second.

  • Carl Crawford (32%, 104 Votes)
  • Cody Ross (28%, 90 Votes)
  • Felix Doubront (16%, 51 Votes)
  • Mike Aviles (13%, 41 Votes)
  • Aaron Cook (6%, 18 Votes)
  • Ryan Sweeney (4%, 13 Votes)
  • Other (2%, 8 Votes)
  • Adam Miller (0%, 2 Votes)

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Charlie first started writing about baseball back in 2008 when he opened Fantasy Baseball 365. Since graduating college with a degree in English, he has spent time coaching baseball as well as working in several minor league front offices. He also writes for The Outside Corner and contributes to Project Prospect and ESPN's Sweet Spot. Writer from August 3, 2010 - May 6, 2012

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  1. NS_SoxFan March 25, 2012 at 12:20 PM #

    I do like the idea of having both Bard and Aceves stretched out as starters, but from what I've seen so far Doubrant and Cook's performances are rotation worthy and we know what we're getting from Bard and Aceves in the pen. With them stretched out they can provide depth for the rotation in case of injury and inevitably both Aceves and Bard will be needed to make starts throughout the season. Bard may still get the opportunity to become a starter on this path and the team would get a larger sample size to see if he is capable. To me, it seems a more sensible route to go than taking a chance on an experiment early in the season.

    • Tony Cunningham March 28, 2012 at 11:16 PM #

      I agree with you on Cook. He has looked pretty darn good. He and Doubrant really just have to be serviceable. Mediocrity would be a big gain on last year's 4 & 5 guys. The Sox would be better off with a stronger bullpen with Bard. Moreover, if Dice-K is really so far ahead of schedule, then you are looking at Cook and Doubrant holding down the fort until he returns (assuming someone doesn't get hurt). A bullpen of Aceves, Bard, Melancon, and Bailey could be a strength.

  2. Jeff Vautour March 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM #

    I third that – Cook and Doubrant for 4/5 starters – Bard and Aceves to the pen – having them there make the sox pen rock solid..