Bard is the fifth starter for the Red Sox and has expressed his desire to stay in that role. Although Alfredo Aceves and Junichi Tazawa seem to have settled things down in the late innings, their success came against two struggling teams (Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox).
Bard has been solid in his role this season but his talents could be better utilized to close games rather than start them. If Bard is moved to the bullpen it also makes room for Aaron Cook to slide into a starting role with Boston.
Bard has been decent this season posting a 2-2 record, with a 3.72 ERA in 19.1 innings pitched. One of his wins came out of the bullpen and his greatest value still rests in his ability to put out fires at the end of games.