Alfredo Aceves‘ unpredictable behavior often overshadows the rest of what he brings to the table. Oddities aside, though, Aceves is very valuable pitcher.
Aceves is expected to have a prominent role on the Red Sox’ pitching staff as a long reliever/spot starter, but there was still some speculation during spring training that Boston could eventually decide to deal him away. While it’s unclear if the Sox ever considered such a move, a few teams had interest in Aceves, according to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.
As Cafardo points out, though, Daniel Bard‘s situation, coupled with the injuries to Franklin Morales and Craig Breslow, made it impossible for the Red Sox to pull the trigger on a trade. Aceves is simply too important to the team’s bullpen right now, even if his behavior sometimes rubs people the wrong way.
Aceves went 2-10 with a 5.36 ERA in 2012, but he proved to be a very important pitcher for the Sox the year before. The 30-year-old went 10-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 2011 whi...