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New manager, same Alfredo Aceves

Feb 18, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Alfredo Aceves clashed constantly with manager Bobby Valentine last season, but now Valentine has been replaced by John Farrell and … Aceves is still being a pain in the ass at Red Sox camp:

Aceves made a mockery of John Farrell’s camp on Sunday with his lobbing of the ball into home plate during batting practice. It was the first “incident” from a player in the Farrell era, and it comes as no surprise that Aceves was the culprit. …

Aceves was “talked to” by both Farrell and pitching coach Juan Nieves and eventually started throwing at normal speed, the issue was “addressed” according to Farrell.

Aceves went 2-10 with a 5.36 ERA in 84 innings last season, so it’s not as if the Red Sox are merely putting up with his nonsense because he’s such an amazing player. They’re also paying him $2.65 million after avoiding arbitration with a one-year deal, so the Red Sox knew what they were getting back into when they chose not to trade or non-tender Aceves.

With that said: Ugh.

  1. psuravens19 - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    haha… couldn’t happen to a better organization.

    • micksmantle - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      I was bummed when the Yankees let him walk, but this couldnt have turned out better. It’s like hes being payed to sabotage my most hated team in all of sports. What a blessing.

      • pisano - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        mick…. he was at his best with the Yankees, to bad Cashmen thought he didn’t have a lot to offer, with the right team this guy is good to have on your staff.

    • adowding3 - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      Judging by your handle, i can think of 2 organizations right off the bat…

    • johnlink00 - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      I agree. And I am a Sox fan…

  2. mazblast - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    As fans, we wouldn’t mind the huge salaries paid to the few real superstars and “mere” stars if it weren’t that sacks of garbage like Aceves also make millions.

    If guys like this are all the Sox can get for this amount of money, I have to question the basic competence of Ben Cherington and the entire Boston front office.

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Well we all know that having a cheerful personality directly correlates to athletic ability

      • louhudson23 - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        Somebody will soon put a foot well up his ass and we can see how cheerfully he displays his athletic ability then….

  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    I am glad that the Red Sox kept him.

    • Old Gator - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      Me too. Although with a salary like that, there was no chance he was going to be snagged by the Feesh front orifice anyway.

  4. Kevin Gillman - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Can John keep him on the bench, and not use him until he respects John?

  5. skeleteeth - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    They should just keep him around for staring contests.

  6. Glenn - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    His value as a player outweighs the negative of his attitude. When that is no longer true, he will be gone. His contract isn’t that big and he was very good up until last year, when he was probably asked to do a little more than he was capable of. He is still a very flexible and durable bullpen arm who can spot start without all of the machinations usually required to move from relieving to starting and vice versa.

  7. deathmonkey41 - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Someone needs a hug… or maybe Thorazine…one or the other…

  8. tfbuckfutter - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Aaahhhh Alfredo Aceves, which means, if I’m not mistaken, “a whale’s vagina.”

  9. uyf1950 - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    The Yankees let him go because of him being injured and because they would have had to tender him an offer that far exceeded his value after sustaining 2 consecutive injuries. And after his seeing his attitude with the Red Sox I for one am glad Cashman had the foresight to know when to let him walk. He’s a cancer and the only way to get rid of a cancer it to cut it out.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      EDIT: “After seeing his attitude with the Red Sox……”

    • homelanddefense - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      yeah, Im sure you were talking about how much of a genius stroke it was after the first year in Boston when he went 10-2 with a 2.61 era. in 114 innings. The whole team sucked last year, and he IS a head case.

      But under 3 million for a guy who is 26-13 with almost every season era under 3.54 isnt that bad.

    • bigharold - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      “He’s a cancer and the only way to get rid of a cancer it to cut it out.”

      I don’t get it. When he was with the Yankees he was a model citizen. There wasn’t one incident. He goes to the RS and all the sudden he’s a caner. There is more to it than that, .. there has to be.

      • cur68 - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        From the looks of things, he couldn’t STAND Bobby Valentine. Given that no one else could either, I’m not sure Aceves is being a problem here. He may have been goofing around and lobbing pitches. You know, as a joke? Of course he’s not entitled to have a sense of humour anymore, so he probably got told to cut it out. He could easily revert back to being the same model citizen he used to be. Long season ahead to find out.

    • genericcommenter - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      They let him walk over something like $600,000. That amount does not far exceed the value of any MLB player who contributes anything. Then he proceeded to provide value of at least 10x his contract that season. Prior to 2012 he far out-earned his pay every season.

  10. drewsylvania - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    We’re the Jets of MLB.

    • deathmonkey41 - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      The guys who get in dance rumbles with the Sharks?

  11. beachnbaseball - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Looks like he wanted to see what he could get away with under new guy Farrell. And it looks like he found out. Probably can’t move him (salary) so I’d bury him in the pen or cite some phantom injury and put him on the DL.

  12. paperlions - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    I wonder if Juan Nieves is a cool a name in Spanish and Johnny Snow is in English….or even if Nieves is a Song of Ice and Fire fan.

  13. ussportsfanuk - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    It seems like this is just what Alfredo Aceves is like. As long as it stops with him then that is not too bad. They don’t want a repeat of last season when everyone seemed to be a problem for Bobby Valentine. The biggest problem though of course was Bobby Valentine!

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