Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Will 'Lob-O-Cini' Alfredo Be Dealt Away Soon?

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia offers the best description of Red Sox resident loon Alfredo Aceves: "He can be on the moon and then next thing you know, he's right here, so it's pretty special." Therein lies the conundrum. Over the last couple of years, Aceves has been one of the most effective right-handers in baseball: as a starter, a long man and a closer. He is extremely versatile and can still bring it in the mid-90's. The problem, of course, is that he can be quirky—Manny quirky. His LobFest during live batting practice this year was just the latest in a string of bizarre behaviors since coming to Boston from The Evil Empire (© 2003 Lawrence Lucchino). So, were his recent shenanigans enough to ship him out of Camp Happy-Go-Lucky? Word has come down that GM Ben Cherington has "met" with Aceves' agent. It's also known that there are a lot of clubs with a strong interest in taking a risk on Alfredo. Finally, the Red Sox are already well-stocked in the rotation and the pen—and also have further options not far away in the minors. Sounds like a recipe for a trade. Stay tuned.