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Sox settle on deal with Aceves

Team, righty agree on $1.2m contract

By Peter Abraham and Nick Cafardo
Globe Staff / February 6, 2012
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The Red Sox avoided arbitration with righthander Alfredo Aceves yesterday, signing him to a one-year deal worth $1.2 million, with $100,000 available in bonuses based on starts or appearances.

The Sox had offered $950,000 in arbitration, with Aceves seeking $1.6 million. Aceves would receive $25,000 for five, 10, 15, or 25 starts or 55, 60, 65, or 70 appearances.

Aceves is going to camp as a starter but could end up in the bullpen or in some sort of hybrid role. He was 10-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 55 appearances last season after being released by the Yankees.

The Sox now have one unsigned arbitration-eligible player: David Ortiz. The designated hitter is seeking $16.5 million with the team offering $12.65 million.

Ortiz told ESPN Deportes that he is hoping the sides will agree on a multiyear deal, but general manager Ben Cherington has said for several weeks now that a one-year deal will be the likely result.

It is not known when Ortiz’s arbitration hearing will be held. Major League Baseball set aside Feb. 2-17 for hearings.

The Sox have not gone to a hearing with a player since 2002, when they could not settle with righthander Rolando Arrojo.

In arbitration, a three-person panel would hear the cases and select one of the offers.

Ortiz is essentially signed, it’s just a matter of whether the sides hammer out a deal or the panel picks one.

Negotiations can continue right up until the hearing.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training Feb. 19.

But several players - including lefthander Jon Lester and new closer Andrew Bailey - will start working out this week in Fort Myers, Fla., at the team’s new facility, JetBlue Park.

TMZ reported that, according to court records in Texas, pitcher John Lackey’s divorce from his wife Krista became official Jan. 31.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe. Nick Cafardo can be reached at cafardo@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @nickcafardo.

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