Both Daniel Bard and Alfredo Aceves will enter spring training as a starter this season. And while it remains to be seen whether or not each will stay in that capacity for all of 2012, their versatility has already had a huge impact for the Red Sox.
Boston general manager Ben Cherington said on Tuesday that the team has explored adding both starting pitching help and bullpen help. They've already added a pair of bullpen arms in Andrew Bailey and Mark Melancon, and Cherington was quick to point out that Bard's and Aceves' willingness to join the rotation was key in making those moves.
Cherington said that having two pitchers who are fully capable of shifting to the rotation meant the Sox could add either type of pitcher when exploring deals. He said they'll still look to add pitching depth before Opening Day, but they've at least been able to make the best deals possible without having to spend too much for one specific type of hurler.
To hear more from Cherington, check out the video above from Red Sox Hot Stove Live.