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Red Sox could save $2.2 million by releasing Alfredo Aceves

Feb 20, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Alfredo Aceves AP

Alfredo Aceves is doing his best to build a terrible relationship with a second straight Red Sox manager, but so far at least there are no reports of Boston being fed up enough to part ways with the reliever.

However, like all arbitration-eligible players who signed one-year deals to avoid a hearing Aceves’ contract is not fully guaranteed.

If released by March 13 the Red Sox would owe Aceves just one-sixth of his deal, which would take them off the hook for $2.2 million of his $2.65 million salary. And if the Red Sox waited a little longer and released Aceves by March 27 they’d owe him one-fourth of the money, saving $1.9875 million.

Over the years there are a few cases of a team releasing a signed player under those rules, but it’s definitely not a common occurrence. Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com speculates that trading Aceves is a more likely option because he probably still has enough value to either get something in return or at least shed his entire salary.

  1. skeleteeth - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    To Miami for the “sculpture” then sink the “sculpture” off the coast of Miami for artificial reef. Done.

  2. shaggylocks - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    If they’re not sure they can get a handle on him they seriously need to do this. He was a rockstar vulture/setup man/long man in 2011, but he’s been a ticking tantrum-bomb since, and if there’s one thing Boston doesn’t need right now it’s a guy like that in the clubhouse.

  3. chacochicken - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    I’m willing to sell the Sox a pitching machine I built at home from old lawn mower parts and a couple of scrap Macs. I does talk back and uses the occasional racial slur but I’d let it go for 900,000. Probably less of a pain than Aceves but it does weigh like 7 bills.

  4. Mr. Furious - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    That’s really interesting. I had thought that the only way the contract was non-guaranteed was if it went all the way through the hearing process.

  5. proudlycanadian - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    I am sure that the Mariners do not want him as the PTNL.

  6. hushbrother - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    How about releasing him because he’s a sucky pitcher? His incompetence at holding late inning leads was a big reason for the Red Sox’ lousy season.

  7. bostonboy82 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Hang him high for all to see.

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