Sunday, February 5, 2012
Alfredo Aceves Reaches An Agreement With The Red Sox, Avoiding Arbitration
With spring training only a few weeks away, the Boston Red Sox have signed all their arbitration-eligible players now except one.
Alfredo Aceves reached a deal today with the team, getting a one-year deal for $1.2 million. The Red Sox avoided arbitration with the versatile pitcher that I would argue was their most valuable arm last season.
Aceves' contract includes incentives worth up to $100,000 in performance clauses based on starts or appearances. He was 10-2 last season, his first in Boston, with a 2.61 ERA in an absurd (since he flipped back and forth from the bullpen to starting) 55 appearances.
This means that the only player left (who is arbitration-eligible) for the Red Sox to sign is David Ortiz.
Big Papi told ESPNDeportes on Saturday: "I'm just working hard and working out to get ready for the spring. I really would like to get this over with so that we don't have to go in front of the judge and I can stop having to talk about this," Ortiz said.
Let's hope the team and Ortiz can get it done and there will be no distractions heading into their new spring training home in Florida. Time for this team to get a fresh start.
UPDATE 2/6: Pitcher Scott Atchison, who was designated for assignment on January 26 cleared waivers and he's been outrighted to Pawtucket. He also got an invitation to spring training. In 2011, he had a 3.26 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings for Boston. So yeah, expect him to be called up and sent down a million more times this year.