What's Bard's long term future with the Sox? Closer? What about Bailey, Aceves, Melancon? Bard is no longer that cheap, so I'd the plan is for him to continue to be a set up guy, isn't he, or Aceves, potential trade bait?
This is an interesting question, at least to me, especially with all the rumors surrounding Youkilis. What does the team need right now, in order to compete this year, and will adding Bard to the mix get it for them?
Personally, I think the team is in pretty good shape... the starters seem to be rounding into form, the bullpen has been good to great for two months, and even though they made Jurrjens look like Verlander tonight the offense isn't that bad off. What if the trade of Youk + Bard + *cash* nets them, say, Aaron Hill from the D-Backs, who are probably a little ways off from truly competing and could use a cost controlled pitcher like Bard (though in my mind, Kubel would be who I wanted from them if I were the Sox... but i wanted them to sign him in the off season...).
I'm sure there are other, and better, deals out there that someone can come up with, but does anyone else think that adding Bard to Youk would make an attractive enough offer to get something significant in return?