How about going at this from another direction? having Aceves as the #5 is a problem because it leaves the bullpen cover pretty bare, but what if the sox made a trade for Koji Uehara (sp.) to fill Aceves Bullpen role. That would allow Aceves and Bard to join the rotation.
This would be an interesting way to go, especially as it doesn't seem likely that Uehara will require a huge outlay of talent to acquire. Uehara was mediocre towards the end of the season and had a bad post-season, but the sample size was tiny. This may have left him an undervalued commodity.
And the man has talent. A former superstar in Japan, as a younger player Uehara once struck out Barry Bonds three times in a game. His stuff is still good, and its not even clear that he needs to stay in the pen. He has a careeer 3.18 ERA and a .98 WHIP - and before the trade to Texas last season he was in the midst of his finest season. In 2011 he had 85 strike outs in 65 innings, putting up a WHIP of .72.
With Uehara in the pen Aceves could comfortably be moved to the rotation. And if Aceves struggled as a starter, you might even consider switching their roles by giving Uehara a shot at the rotation.He spent his career as a starter in Japan and performed well enough in that role (4.05 ERA) the only season (2009) he was given a shot of starting in the States..
If Oswalt doesn't want to play in Boston, and Floyd is gonna require too much in a trade Uehara wouldn't be a bad third option..
Edited by kazuneko, 25 January 2012 - 08:53 PM.