Daniel Bard is best known for his imposing frame and flaming fastball overpowering batters in the late innings. This season Bard is being given the chance to extend out his appearances on the mound, as the former set-up man will become a member of the Red Sox five-man pitching rotation.
The Red Sox have a lot riding on Bard's right arm in 2012, especially with the majority of offseason moves revolving around bolstering a stagnant bullpen rather than a starting rotation that clearly lost its mojo down the stretch in 2011.
Bard is expected to fill the four slot in Boston's rotation, and if all goes according to plan the Red Sox could look like geniuses for the front office's decision to change his role on the roster. However, if things go poorly or Bard struggles a midseason move may be the only answer for a team hoping to contend for the World Series crown.
Bard sat down with NESN's Peter Gammons for an in depth one-on-one to talk about his transition to the rotation, the end to 2011, thoughts on manager Bobby Valentine and his expectations for the new season.
Check out the video above for the entire interview with Bard.