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  1. Cities in alpha nice

    Comment by Telo2 — June 5, 2012 @ 8:56 am

  2. Reports are that the Sox are shopping for a starter and Bard will not be a starter much longer. If that is true, will he be the closer? Or will Aceves keep his job? He comes available tomorrow in my league.

    Comment by fjs — June 5, 2012 @ 9:33 am

  3. Aceves has been pretty successful, so he’d had to have some serious blowups before they replace him, and even in that case Bard probably wouldn’t be the first choice. He’ll probably be eased back into the bullpen in low leverage situations for a while. Also, from comments that’s he’s made, it sounds like his confidence is pretty shaken; not what one would look for in a closer. I would speculate somewhere else.

    Comment by Mike — June 5, 2012 @ 10:18 am

  4. thanks. Actually I have Aceves and I was wondering if I needed to pick up Bard. I’ll stick with Aceves. Thanks

    Comment by fjs — June 5, 2012 @ 10:20 am

  5. FJS, I agree with what Mike said. Alfredo Aceves hasn’t been perfect this year, but he hasn’t been bad enough to merit making Bard the closer immediately. If Bard is removed from he rotation, he’s a good guy to keep an eye on or handcuff with Aceves, but Aceves will still receive the save opps in the beginning.

    Comment by Benjamin Pasinkoff — June 5, 2012 @ 10:28 am

  6. The other issue to remember is Bailey should be back around the ASB. If anyone pushes Aceves for the job it will be him.

    Right now Bard is a ways away from the dominant setup guy he was in 2010-2011. Wandering arm slot, diminished velocity– the Red Sox may very well move him back to the pen as soon as this week (either in Boston or AAA Pawtucket) but he’s probably only valuable as “potential future closer” in dynasty/deep keeper leagues. Redraft guys should consider anything they get out of him a bonus at this point.

    Comment by Colin Zarzycki — June 5, 2012 @ 11:34 am

  7. Can anybody put it past Fredi to use Kimbrel anyway?

    Comment by JChalifour — June 5, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

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