Remaking the Red Sox rotation

Updated: January 7, 2012, 2:00 PM ET
By Buster Olney

There is enormous respect for Daniel Bard in the Boston Red Sox organization, for his maturity and his work ethic and his self-awareness, and so the club has listened in earnest as he's made his case to move into the rotation. He was among the best setup men in the majors last year, and if Bard becomes a starter, it would weaken the Boston bullpen.

But Bard is convinced he can become a successful starter, and as he attempts the switch, he will be helped by new Boston pitching coach Bob McClure, who once shifted from the bullpen to the rotation during his career. If Bard is right -- if he can be a good starter, in a division filled with strong offensive teams -- the Red Sox rotation that appears thin now could be a strength.