New York Yankees: Will Alfredo Aceves Return To 2009 Form?

By James O'Hare
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According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the New York Yankees and pitcher Alfredo Aceves have agreed on a minor league deal. This will be the 31-year-old’s second tour with Bombers. The Yankees purchased the right hander from the Mexican League in 2008 along with Manny Banuelos. Later that year, Aceves made his major league debut after skyrocketing through the minor leagues.

In 2009, Aceves was one of the best relievers in the Yankees’ bullpen as he helped the team win its 27th championship in franchise history. That year, he posted a 10-1 record in relief with a 1.012 WHIP in 84 innings pitched. After an injury-shortened 2010, Aceves signed with the Boston Red Sox — and immediately made the Yankees regret letting him go. He was arguably the best pitcher on the team that year, going 10-2 with a 2.61 ERA, throwing 114.0 innings out of the bullpen.

After dominating for those two seasons, Aceves was shaky for the next two. He failed in his brief tryout as the Red Sox’ closer in 2012 and ultimately went 2-10 with a 5.36 ERA. Last season, he was repeatedly sent down to the minors and only appeared in 11 major league games. Last January, he signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles, but upon learning that he would not make the major league roster, he opted out of the contract. Then, the Yankees picked him up.

Looking to the upcoming season, Aceves is in a similar situation as Andrew Bailey. Both were premier relievers but have struggled with injuries and poor performance as of late. Still, neither is washed up by any stretch of the imagination. If one or both can return to anything close to their previous form, they could become stalwarts in a questionable Yankees bullpen.

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