The Oakland Athletics demolished the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night 13-0. Taking most of the brunt force of the A’s batters was right-handed pitcher Alfredo Aceves, who pitched in 3.1 innings, allowing seven earned runs on seven hits and walking four. He also allowed his sixth home run of the season.
Aceves was demoted to Triple-A after Boston’s win Wednesday night against the A”s. He has three days to report to Pawtucket, but Boston will be looking for move him before then. The problem with Aceves is not only his shaky starts, but his reputation as a poor teammate.
There have been reports that deem Aceves as troubled and that he has no value to anyone, but there could be one team that might find a trade for him.
The Los Angeles Angels are in need of some bullpen help after Kevin Jepsen and Mark Lowe both went down this month. Boston is not going to expect the best bovine on the farm, but a Single-A prospect for someone that does not have a good rap will probably do.
What makes Boston more susceptible to trading him is that they have Daniel Bard back and Andrew Bailey, two people who they did not have to open up the season. Aceves is less needed and more culpable for a trade. He does not make that much, so taking on his $2.6 million salary should not be hard for the Angels right now.