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Red Sox sign Alfredo Aceves

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 8, 2011 04:31 PM

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A Major League source tells Globe colleague Nick Cafardo that the Red Sox have signed righthander Alfredo Aceves to a major-league contract.

The split contract is worth $650,000 or $200,000 if he pitches in the minors. There are also incentive clauses based on how much he pitches.

Aceves worked out for the Red Sox yesterday. The 28-year-old was 14-1 with a 3.21 ERA in 59 career appearances for the Yankees, five of them starts, over three seasons. He pitched only 12 innings last season because of various injuries and was non-tendered by the Yankees. Aceves had a back injury last season then broke his left collarbone in a bicycle accident in November.

With Aceves in the fold, the Red Sox will have to make room on the 40-man roster for him.

UPDATE, 5:16 p.m.: The Mets were among the teams with interest in Aceves and were disappointed they did not get him. Given the acumen of Sandy Alderson, J.P. Ricciardi and Paul DePodesta, that speaks well of his chances with the Red Sox.

I had a chance to watch Aceves when he pitched for the Yankees in 2008 and '09. He's a battler who's not afraid to throw strikes in a tight spot and can pitch in a variety of ways. He is effective against righthanders (.221/.275/.359) and lefthanders (.223/.276/.337) alike and can get more than three outs when needed.

He also has excellent splits against AL East teams.

Aceves has two options left, so at worst the Red Sox will get a chance to see how he pitches in Triple A.

UPDATE, 7:02 p.m.: Aceves also received a $25,000 signing bonus.

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