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|"Sitting in a bullpen with a guy two or three months straight, you got to get to know them," Bard said about the bonds he's formed with fellow pitchers.|
“This was no spur-of-the-moment decision by the Red Sox, he reminded his visitor. "They talked to everybody they possibly could talk to," Bard said. "They talked to me a couple of times this offseason about it. I'm sure they talked to [Bob] McClure and got his input, Valentine's input, [Ben] Cherington's input. They probably went to guys like Bill James and asked, 'Statistically, what can this guy do for us as a starter?' and he gave his input. "I'm sure it was a very calculated decision. It wasn't like, 'Hey, this guy's a great setup guy, let's see if he can be a great starter.'" And there is an economic factor to consider. Good starting pitching is a scarce commodity, and the homegrown kind costs considerably less than the going rate on the open market. "A million and a half for me or [Roy] Oswalt for $10 million," Bard said, alluding to the free-agent right-hander pursued by the Sox in the offseason. "Yes, Oswalt is a proven commodity, you know what you're going to get, but is he worth the extra $8 million? I don't know, but they think everything through, and I'm sure they thought this through." Bard noted how many starting pitchers, including Curt Schilling, started in the bullpen. "Did you know Schilling wasn't a full-time starter until he was 26?" asked Bard, who is the same age. "I don't know what's going to happen with me, but if I start the next 10 years, guys will forget that I came into the league and was a good setup man for three years." Gordon Edes covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.
I don't know what's going to happen with me, but if I start the next 10 years, guys will forget that I came into the league and was a good setup man for three years.” -- Daniel Bard