Alfredo Aceves is back in pinstripes… Well, sort of. Aceves, 31, has inked a minor league deal with the Yankees and will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre where he will be in their starting rotation.
As previously noted, this will not be his first stint with the Bombers. On August 31st, 2008 Aceves made his Major League debut as member of the Yankees. After joining the Yankees’ bullpen in May, 2009, he would be a key player during their championship run.
Aceves returned to the team in 2010, but made only ten appearances before his season ended in May due to a lower back strain.
After the season, he would leave the Yankees for the arch-rival Boston Red Sox. 2011 was a career year for Aceves as he went 10-2 in 55 games while posting a 2.61 ERA and holding opposing hitters to a mere .204 batting average against.
In 2012, Aceves became the Red Sox closer after an injury to Andrew Bailey, but struggled. Though he saved 25 games that year, he also had an extremely high ERA of 5.36. In August, Bailey returned and took back the closer role.
2013 was a tough year for Aceves, as his ERA was again high at 4.86. He cleared waivers and was outrighted from the 40-man roster in July.
On the bright side, Aceves has good stuff. He has a fastball that can touch the mid-90’s as well as a slow curveball and a change-up.