Hanrahan is the closer this year as long he keeps the job. Bailey certainly could be trade bait with the Tigers, for one, possibly needing a closer.
But Bard is right. Thinking that far ahead is the least of his problems. If his pitching doesn’t smooth out and he can’t get close to his 2011 form, the point is moot and Bard will find himself back in the minors.
It’s been a long road back. He’s hitting a few bumps, but he feels there’s time to get it all together.