As the Red Sox disastrous 2011 season came to an end, Alfredo Aceves was one of the notable successes, besides of course the MVP-caliber performance turned in by Jacoby Ellsbury. Aceves made four starts and fifty-one appearances out of the bullpen, finishing with a combined 2.61 ERA in both roles. While his starts were nothing special (14 runs in 21 innings, although 8 of those came in one start) his body of work for the season was beyond what the Red Sox could have hoped for. At the time, much was being made about the club “stealing” Aceves away from the Yankees, who had released the swingman due to injury concerns before the season started. By the end of 2012 the goodwill was gone. A 5.36 ERA, 8 blown saves and fighting with the manager – even the embattled Bobby Valentine – will do that. Aceves rushed to join a brawl in the WBC and then began 2013 with an ERA approaching 9.
Aveces was recently optioned to AAA Pawtucket, but he may not be long for the Red Sox organization. If the Red Sox finally cut ties with the troubled right-hander, through trade or release, where might he find work? Continue reading Alfredo Aceves Needs A New Home »