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Red Sox Rumors: Kevin Youkilis and Daniel Bard

Apr 23, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Daniel Bard (51) delivers a pitch in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Red Sox won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 23, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Daniel Bard (51) delivers a pitch in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Red Sox won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The Boston Red Sox are looking for a starting pitcher, reports Buster Olney of ESPN. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports agrees the Red Sox need to make a move, naming Chicago Cubs starter Matt Garza as the most logical fit.

Red Sox starters have combined to log the fourth and sixth worst ERA (4.79) and WHIP (1.38) in the majors.

However, before acquiring a starter, Rosenthal speculates how the Red Sox can improve their 2012 chances by making in-house moves; move Daniel Bard back into their bullpen and dump Kevin Youkilis.

Rosenthal emphasizes his idea to dump and not trade Youkilis, as he foresees it being difficult for the Red Sox to acquire legitimate return for their veteran infielder.

When looking into acquiring a starter, Rosenthal suggests the Red Sox consider trading catching prospect Ryan Lavarnway. While he’s considered one of the team’s top 10 prospects, Rosenthal believes Boston should get creative given the performance of Jarrod Saltalamacchia this season and the industry-wide shortage of catching.