On the one hand, the Sox know they have either two very good starters or relievers in Aceves and Bard.

If they split the difference and put Bard in the rotation, nothing says Aceves can't be a closer. He certainly has the stuff and the stamina.

The Red Sox already have discussed a deal with the A's for Andrew Bailey, but right now the price appears high, with Oakland seeking prospects such as third baseman Will Middlebrooks that Boston is hesitant to deal.

The Red Sox could sign free agent closer Ryan Madson, a Scott Boras client who is looking for a four-year deal. There are other options such as Frankie Rodriguez, Francisco Cordero, Brad Lidge, etc.