Aceves brought on board
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Yankees gave up on Alfredo Aceves in December, deciding not to offer a contract to a pitcher who was 14-1 with a 3.21 earned run average over the previous three seasons.
But the Red Sox made room yesterday, signing the 28-year-old righthander to a contract after watching him pitch Monday and coming away impressed.
According to a major league source, the split contract will pay Aceves $650,000 if he makes the major league team or $200,000 to pitch in the minors. It includes a $25,000 signing bonus and $100,000 in incentives.
The Mets also had interest in Aceves.
Aceves threw only 12 innings for New York last season, none after May 8, because of a back injury. Seven minor league rehab appearances proved fruitless. Aceves then broke his left collarbone in a bicycle accident in November and the Yankees released him.
The Sox plan to use Aceves as a starter in Triple A Pawtucket while knowing he could contribute as a reliever. With the Yankees, Aceves made five starts but was mainly used in relief, often pitching multiple innings for manager Joe Girardi.
He was signed out of the Mexican League in 2008 and made a rapid rise to the majors that season. Aceves was 10-1 with a 3.54 ERA for the Yankees in 2009 and pitched in four playoff games for the world champions.
Big crowd The Sox had nearly 50 players on the field for an informal workout at their player development complex. The group included Felix Doubront, Rich Hill, Ryan Kalish, Jon Lester, Daniel Nava, Jonathan Papelbon, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Lester’s equipment was delayed in transit, leaving him to wear black and yellow spikes better suited for one of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Papelbon, the embattled closer, wore a T-shirt with the words “Doubt Me’’ on the front.
Saltalamacchia worked out with fellow catchers Ryan Lavarnway, Luis Exposito, and Tim Federowicz.
Gonzalez expected New first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is expected to arrive today and could work out. Gonzalez, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, hopes to start swinging a bat by March 1 . . . The Sox officially announced the signing of lefty reliever Dennys Reyes, who agreed to terms on a minor league deal last week. He was invited to spring training . . . The Sox made an unusual amateur signing in 17-year-old Te Wara Bishop, a softball catcher from New Zealand. Pacific Rim scouting coordinator Jon Deeble told reporters in New Zealand he was impressed with Bishop’s arm strength and bat speed.