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Sorting out the Red Sox bullpen

Numbers show Melancon should help; moving Bard to rotation carries risk

Updated: December 15, 2011, 9:19 AM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPNBoston.com

With Jonathan Papelbon gone and both Daniel Bard and Alfredo Aceves potentially moving to the starting rotation, the Boston Red Sox bullpen is in a state of upheaval.

On Wednesday, the club finally took steps to address that concern, trading Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland to the Houston Astros for Mark Melancon.

Is Melancon the successor to Papelbon as closer? He saved 20 of 25 opportunities and posted a 2.78 ERA last season for the Houston Astros. The Red Sox acquired a key piece, ...

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