Red Sox, Aceves agree to deal

By Jeff Louderback

Alfredo Aceves, the occasionally combative yet versatile pitcher who clashed with manager Bobby Valentine and second baseman Dustin Pedroia last season, avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $2.65 million deal that also offers incentives for the 30-year-old right-hander to earn more.

The Red Sox plan to stretch out Aceves and left-hander Franklin Morales as starters during spring training. They are projected to open the 2013 regular season in the bullpen but offer the club valuable rotation depth.

In 2012, Aceves was unexpectedly inserted as the closer when Andrew Bailey was sidelined with a thumb injury late in spring training. Aceves struggled in his new role and finished the season with a 2-10 record, a 5.36 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. All three categories were career-worst numbers for the Mexico native, who was 10-2 with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in his first season with the Red Sox in 2011.

Aceves will pitch for Mexico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

3 Responses to “ Red Sox, Aceves agree to deal ”

  1. Thought it was just Morales who was going to be stretched out as a starter in spring training.

  2. Aceves will be stretched out as a starter as well. It is common practice to stretch out some relievers as starters, especially long relievers.

  3. Just remember reading that Farrell said they plan on bringing Morales to camp as a starter and Aceves to camp as a reliever though it would be for the best that they bring both to camp as starters. But they only have so many innings to distribute to all of these guys.

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