The Red Sox will have two new pieces meeting them in Fort Myers, Fla., and they won't be arriving by truck.
The team has reportedly signed former Yankee right-handed reliever Alfredo Aceves, adding another potential arm to their bullpen. The news was first reported via Twitter by Peter Abraham and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. ESPN's Buster Olney reported that the deal is worth 650,000, plus another 100,000 in possible incentives.
The Red Sox have also agreed to a minor-league contract with left-handed reliever Dennys Reyes, the team announced. The deal includes an invitation to big league spring training.
With the additions, Boston continues to try to improve its bullpen, which had the A.L.'s third-worst ERA last year. This offseason, they've added relievers Bobby Jenks, Dan Wheeler, Matt Albers and Hideki Okajima.
Aceves, 28, pitched in only 10 games last year before suffering a lower-back injury and then a broken left clavicle during a bike-riding accident in Mexico.
He has a 3.21 ERA and an 8730 KBB ratio in 126 innings spread over 54 relief appearances and five starts in his career. In 43 appearances during the 2009 season, he put together a 10-1 record with a 3.54 ERA. He's expected to be healthy enough to pitch by March.
Reyes was 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 59 appearances last year with the St. Louis Cardinals. The 33-year-old is 35-35 with a 4.18 ERA in 669 career outings.
Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer. And…
US ambassador to Japan?
Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.
The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons.
Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, according to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.
The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal.
"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."
After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.
"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."
The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.
"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."