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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Red Sox sign Aceves to Major League deal

Thought to be done inking Major League deals, the Red Sox had room for one more on Tuesday: former Yankees reliever Alfredo Aceves.

Aceves, 28, and returning from injury, is a low-cost investment that could pay dividends, as he is a proven reliever in the American League East. He’s been signed to a one-year, $650,000 deal with a potential $100,000 more in incentives, a baseball source confirmed.

A right-hander from Mexico, Aceves has only pitched for one big league club, the Yankees, and he made just 10 appearances last season because of a problematic back. He also broke his collar bone this offseason in a bicycle riding accident in Mexico, according to a Yankees announcement earlier this winter.

Thanks to Ambrose Puttmann III.

Repoz Posted: February 08, 2011 at 11:44 PM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: February 09, 2011 at 12:00 AM (#3746384)
Dammit.
   2. Joe Bivens, Floundering Pumpkin Posted: February 09, 2011 at 12:22 AM (#3746402)
Janet!
   3. nick swisher hygiene Posted: February 09, 2011 at 12:25 AM (#3746405)
could we have him back? you guys can have Bartolo Colon!
   4. Cowboy Popup Posted: February 09, 2011 at 12:27 AM (#3746406)
BOO! Man...BOO!
   5. tfbg9 Posted: February 09, 2011 at 12:28 AM (#3746407)
Mwah-ha-ha-HA!
   6. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: February 09, 2011 at 12:29 AM (#3746408)
Wow, Aceves had 84IP in 43 games in 2009, with only one start. Seems like you don't see that kind of usage as much these days.
   7. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: February 09, 2011 at 12:33 AM (#3746411)
I always liked Aceves. I'll miss him big-time. On the other hand it would not shock--but sadden--me if Aceves was done as someone pitching regularly and effectively, back problems can be troublesome.
   8. Fancy Pants with a clinging marmoset on his Handle Posted: February 09, 2011 at 12:36 AM (#3746414)
The sponsor on his BBRef page:

D------ sponsor(s) this page.

Welcome to the Yankees! Have a long and great career!


:D

Anything less than 248 wins next year is a disappointment.
   9. tfbg9 Posted: February 09, 2011 at 12:38 AM (#3746417)
He's 15-1! The price is right! He throws strikes! It annoys Yankee fans. Good signing.
   10. villageidiom Posted: February 09, 2011 at 12:45 AM (#3746421)
I always liked Aceves. I'll miss him big-time. On the other hand it would not shock--but sadden--me if Aceves was done as someone pitching regularly and effectively, back problems can be troublesome.
Aceves, Beckett, Wakefield... Pitchers with back problems are the new market inefficiency.
   11. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: February 09, 2011 at 12:46 AM (#3746422)
Wonder how much nym offered...
   12. Justin T drives a crooked hoss Posted: February 09, 2011 at 12:50 AM (#3746426)
Proven reliever!

I had Aceves on my roto team for a spell a couple seasons ago when he kept compiling wins and got some spot starts. But when he started he'd go 4 innings. It didn't work out. But I did win the league!
   13. Cowboy Popup Posted: February 09, 2011 at 01:07 AM (#3746432)
I always liked Aceves. I'll miss him big-time. On the other hand it would not shock--but sadden--me if Aceves was done as someone pitching regularly and effectively, back problems can be troublesome.

Yeah, but did he have to sign with the Sox? Anyway, I'm glad he will get at least one season where he will make more than the league minimum.
   14. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: February 09, 2011 at 01:24 AM (#3746443)
Hm. I think I trash talked Aceves once upon a time. Oh well, water under the bridge!
   15. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: February 09, 2011 at 01:31 AM (#3746446)
Was it his giant moon face you were mocking? Although a waiter at NYY Steak did tell us he had the best looking Yankee girlfriend, so that's something.
   16. Accent Shallow Posted: February 09, 2011 at 02:33 AM (#3746466)
Although a waiter at NYY Steak did tell us he had the best looking Yankee girlfriend, so that's something.

Clearly, the rest of the team needs to step it up.
   17. Petunia inquires about ponies Posted: February 09, 2011 at 02:35 AM (#3746468)
I dunno, personally I wouldn't be surprised if this was just Ramiro Mendoza redux. That guy was a goddamned double agent.
   18. Gotham Dave Posted: February 09, 2011 at 04:27 PM (#3746730)
Although a waiter at NYY Steak did tell us he had the best looking Yankee girlfriend, so that's something.
But did she feed him popcorn?
   19. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: February 09, 2011 at 04:37 PM (#3746741)
I haven't seen it addressed anywhere but can the Sox send him to the minors or does he have to clear waivers? According to Peter Abraham's piece the contract is $650 as an MLB pitcher or $200 as a minor leaguer. If the Sox can stash him in the minors until he is needed this really looks like a good deal. If he has to clear waivers first well I just don't see that happening.
   20. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: February 09, 2011 at 04:40 PM (#3746743)
he has 2 options left - they can stash him.
great pickup.
   21. JJ1986 Posted: February 09, 2011 at 04:44 PM (#3746746)
I haven't seen it addressed anywhere but can the Sox send him to the minors or does he have to clear waivers? According to Peter Abraham's piece the contract is $650 as an MLB pitcher or $200 as a minor leaguer. If the Sox can stash him in the minors until he is needed this really looks like a good deal. If he has to clear waivers first well I just don't see that happening


He has options left, but because of his debut date (I think) he'd have to be put on optional waivers, which are revocable if he's claimed.
   22. Lassus Posted: February 09, 2011 at 04:56 PM (#3746752)
He's 15-1! The price is right! He throws strikes! It annoys Yankee fans. Good signing.

I'm not sure a better summary of this signing exists.
   23. Barnaby Jones Posted: February 09, 2011 at 04:58 PM (#3746756)
He has options left, but because of his debut date (I think) he'd have to be put on optional waivers, which are revocable if he's claimed.


I thought the whole idea of options is that waivers aren't needed? The only exception being that a player with 5+ years of MLB service (which Aceves is not close to) can tell the team to go F themselves, regardless of whether they have options left.
   24. Nasty Nate Posted: February 09, 2011 at 05:00 PM (#3746757)
How did he get to be a free agent?
   25. Barnaby Jones Posted: February 09, 2011 at 05:03 PM (#3746759)
How did he get to be a free agent?


Yankees non-tendered him.
   26. JJ1986 Posted: February 09, 2011 at 05:04 PM (#3746760)
I thought the whole idea of options is that waivers aren't needed?


Copied off the internet, so I'm not 100% sure:

Some players must first clear Optional Assignment Waivers before they can be optioned to the minors. A player reaches this point when he hits the third anniversary of being added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster), or the two-year anniversary if the player spent one full season on Optional Assignment to the minors prior to being added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) for the first time, or the one-year anniversary if the player spent two full seasons on Optional Assignment to the minors prior to being added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) for the first time.
   27. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: February 09, 2011 at 05:34 PM (#3746779)
A player reaches this point when he hits the third anniversary of being added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster), or the two-year anniversary if the player spent one full season on Optional Assignment to the minors prior to being added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) for the first time, or the one-year anniversary if the player spent two full seasons on Optional Assignment to the minors prior to being added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) for the first time.
None of this is true for AA yet, though - right? I think he was purchased (added to the 40) in late August 2008. So, they could farm him down this year.
   28. JJ1986 Posted: February 09, 2011 at 05:38 PM (#3746782)
Yeah, I had it wrong. Aceves is fine this year.
   29. ColonelTom Posted: February 09, 2011 at 05:50 PM (#3746790)
This article corroborates the split contract details and adds this:
While his success in the majors was primarily as a reliever for the Yankees, the Sox are looking at him more as a starter.

Good depth signing for the Sox. He'll be a capable swingman if he's healthy, and the money's a drop in the bucket if he can't pitch.

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