I happen to believe this is just talk and isn't really gonna happen. Especially now since the rotation is Latos, Cueto, Leake, Arroyo, Bailey (though it's fair to point out a lack of depth). And the Pen is still short even after Marshall's addition. So I came across an interesting read on the subject, enjoy.
Converting, it's complicated...
Of course, Bard and Aceves also represent relatively inexpensive solutions to closing, but the potential value is always going to be greater for a starter than a reliever.
That notion helps explain why Wilsonís Rangers have become industry trend-setters. In the last four years, the team has shifted Scott Feldman (in 2008), Wilson (in 2010) and Alexi Ogando (2011) from the bullpen to the rotation with striking success. (Last winter, Texas also contacted then-free agent Bobby Jenks to see if he was open to joining their rotation. He instead chose to sign with the Sox as a setup man.)THE FACT THAT DANIEL BARD WILL BE PREPARED AS A STARTER DOES NOT MEAN HE WILL BE A STARTER
This was, in essence, a decision without real consequence. Bardís offseason program will be tweaked slightly. But the decision to have him prepare to compete for a rotation spot, in its own right, means nothing.