Rumors: Red Sox Interested in Alfredo Aceves

Via Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

The Red Sox are looking into Aceves, who was shut down by the Yankees May 8 after hurting his back. Aceves is 14-1 in his career, including 10-1 in 2009 with the Yankees. He was 3-0 last season until his back injury flared up. He would be an injury rehab project but is working out and could provide protection in the bullpen or as a starter.

Alfredo Aceves, 28, missed almost the entire 2010 season with a back injury and then needed surgery this offseason after he broke his clavicle that he injured in a bike accident.

That surgery took place in December and was expected to be at least three months recovery time. That would cause him to at least miss the start of spring training and due to the nature of back injuries Aceves is a legitimate injury risk in 2011. So the Yankees designated him for assignment.

Still, it was probably a mistake to DFA Aceves considering his versatility and the state of the Yankees pitching staff. They haven’t made much of an effort to re-sign him since releasing him, but they supposedly have had interest.

Now that Red Sox are reportedly interested in him, they should amp up their efforts to bring him back into the fold. Even if he doesn’t return until June, he could be a decent option for the starting rotation and, if there isn’t a need there, the bullpen.

It would be a tragedy to see Aceves helping the Red Sox in 2011, or 2012 for that matter, if the Yankees could have easily retained him.

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4 Responses to Rumors: Red Sox Interested in Alfredo Aceves

  1. Susan says:

    OMG, I would DIE if he went to the Sox. I think of all the bone head things the Yankees have done this winter, letting Ace get away was the worst. I can not fathom the utter stupidity in this move. So what if he'll be out a couple months. He's a very good pitcher that can fill a number of roles, including starting. Come on Cashman, pull your head out of your a.ss and get this guy back in pinstripes.

  2. Mindkind says:

    I Can’t believe this!!! I’ve always supported Cashman but if he lets Alfredo go I’ll join the side of those who want Cashman fired!!

  3. Tono73 says:

    what other dum-move cashman’s involved in??he’s been a horses a-s-s all along,why would he change now??cashman lost it..he has no idea what’s going on…

  4. David K. says:

    This is another guy whose career has fallen off a cliff. He was very valuable as a long/short reliever. But what is a guy with a bad back doing riding bikes back home, unless he fell off a stationary bike. The whole thing is surreal. Maybe the Yanks know something we don't.