Re: What is the trade value of Bard & Aceves?
posted at 12/23/2012 1:42 PM EST
As I've mentioned about a million times already, the Sox had a beautifully running clock in Bard until himself, his agent and the Sox became greedy with stars in their eyes hoping for the next Nolan Ryan.
Well, Bard proved in the minors that he just wasn't cut out to be a starter. So, they changed him to a reliever with great success. Then, the 'big' experiment.....and, we all know what happened.
In my humble opinion, the only hope for Bard, if any actually exists, is to start at AAA(reliever) with lots of communication between him and Farrell. This would be an almost impossible task, but perhaps if Bard is 'thinking' that Farrell is watching video of him a lot and communicates extensively, maybe his confidence will return. Otherwise, I unfortunately predict doom.
Aceves has a golden arm. He kind of reminds me of Tavarez, who I really liked.
With all the BS last year on the team, it's not hard to understand how someone with an inherently fragile ego would 'go off'. This, I think, is what happened to Aceves.
Aceves, under Ferrell calm conditions, would be a tremendous asset to the team..long relief, short relief, spot starter,....anywhere. He's just too valuable to give up.