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MaudDib wrote:As another note, there is no way I would spend $3 on Bard. He has shown no ability to handle the SP job and imagine he will be out of the job almost immediately if not before the season starts.
Urban Cohorts wrote:MaudDib wrote:As another note, there is no way I would spend $3 on Bard. He has shown no ability to handle the SP job and imagine he will be out of the job almost immediately if not before the season starts.
That is a BIG assumption there. What are you basing this statement off of? His 2007 Single A numbers? That was years ago and Bard has dramatically improved almost everything in his game since then. IMO the worst case scenario is an IP cap at 150-160 innings.
And with the combined things of the Red Sox lacking SP depth plus all the media buzz/criticism about Bard going to the rotation, there is no way they remove him immediately. He would have to totally blow for all of April for them to take him out of the rotation. And the only way he doesn't make the rotation before the season is if he gets injured.
In a 15 team league like this, I'm fairly certain Bard will go for more than $3 at auction.
MaudDib wrote:I don't think it is that big of an assumption that he won't be in the rotation out of spring training. There is one spot open for the Red Sox rotation (unless I missed something or an injury occurs between now and opening day) so he has very little room for mistakes.
Bard will prepare for spring training as a starter. We want to give him every chance to do that,” GM Ben Cherington said.
Bard hasn't started a game since 2007 and that was single A.
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