Thursday, February 10, 2011

ACEVES, REYES INK FREE AGENT CONTRACTS WITH BOSOX

Mexican pitchers Alfredo Aceves and Dennys Reyes have signed with the Boston Red Sox.

According to Alex Speier of WEEI radio in Boston, Aceves’ deal is worth $650,000 with another $100,000 in incentives. The 28-year-old Aceves has a 14-1 record in three seasons as a middleman for the Yankees, for whom he pitched in their 2009 World Series victory over Philadelphia. Aceves, whose brother Jonathan is a catcher with the Mexican League champion Saltillo Saraperos, missed most of last year with injuries and also suffered a broken clavicle during a bicycling accident in Mexico during the offseason. He is not expected to miss spring training.

Reyes’ contract is said by Speier to be a minor league deal worth up to $900,000 if the left-hander makes the Red Sox this spring as a non-roster invitee. The 33-year-old Reyes (pictured) was 3-1 with a 3.33 ERA in 59 appearances in 2010 for the St. Louis Cardinals, his tenth MLB team. For his career, he is 35-35 with a 4.18 ERA in 669 appearances.

Thus far, infielder Carlos Rodriguez is the only other Mexican-born player to ever suit up for both the Yankees and Red Sox back in the 1990’s, hitting .278 In 85 games over three seasons between the two teams. Reyes would be the second.