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They're known as 'unintended consequences'. But this? This might be an intended one.
The acquisition of Andrew Bailey on Wednesday, along with the earlier trade for Mark Melancon, shores up a thin Red Sox bullpen. What it also may do, according to Lou Merloni, is bolster the starting rotation.
Because now, says the ex-Sox infielder, the road is clear to make Daniel Bard -- who has high-end stuff -- a starter.
"What you've allowed yourself to do is . . . acquire a high-upside starter in Daniel Bard for nothing," the ex-Sox infielder said on 'SportsNet Central' Wednesday. "You just put him right in that rotation and you see how it goes."
But that's not all.
"And the thing I like most about it is . . . if the innings rack up and [Bard's] sitting on 130 in July and August and you think he's starting to get a little tired, give him a little breather [and] send him back into that bullpen. Now you've got a super bullpen.
"I think it gives them a little flexibility."
Tags: Boston Red Sox
, Daniel Bard