Found March 26, 2012 on Fox Sports:
The Boston Red Sox still could give up on the Daniel Bard experiment. In a perfect world, the team would find a more proven No. 4 starter and return Bard to the bullpen. But if this were a perfect world, the Sox would not be in this position to begin with. John Lackey or Daisuke Matsuzaka would be their No. 4. Instead, both are rehabilitating from their respective Tommy John surgeries. Or, the Sox would be trumpeting a new No. 4, someone they plucked in a trade or via the free-agent market. But that's not how this story evolved, is it? The Sox wanted to mix in a low-cost starter as opposed to a pricey veteran. Bard, a right-hander earning $1.61 million in his first year of arbitration, was their most talented internal option. He wants to start. The front office him wants him to start. The Sox, with two openings in the rotation and less than two weeks to Opening Day, seem unlikely to snub him for both right-hander Alfredo Aceves and lefty Felix Doubront. The bigger question...
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