I think the most interesting thing to come from this, is the intention now to use Daniel Bard in the starting rotation.
he hasn't started a game since 2007. he had 5 start in A+ and 17 starts in A, after being drafted out of college as a starter. his starting numbers in the minors, not good at all.http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/ ... bard.shtml
A 17 starts - 6.42 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 61.2 IP, 55 H, 56 BB, 38 K, 5.55 K/9.
A+ 5 starts - 10.13 ERA, 3.23 WHIP, 13.1 IP, 21 H, 22 BB, 9 K, 6.08 K/9.
I would think IF the Red Sox plan on using Bard as a starter they would see how he does in spring training. if he is failing there, they return him to the bullpen before the season starts? or do you still give him regular season starts to see what he can do when it counts? could be a huge mistake for the Red Sox based on his career minor league numbers as a starter.
I would think it's easier to take a starter and make him a reliever than it is to take a reliever and make him a starter. you could take an average/below average starter and have him be a good/above average reliever. it usually takes more pitches to succeed as a starter, but you can have basically 2 pitches and be a successful reliever.
now that the Red Sox have traded for Bailey, does this make them wish they did not make the other Lowrie/Melancon trade?
instead of making Bard a starter, wouldn't it be better to trade Bard for a starter?
who does Boston use now in RF? Kalish? Sweeney? someone new?
I wouldn't want Sweeney as a starter.