Theo Epstein said today that the Red Sox' newest pitcher, Alfredo Aceves, might be a good addition to the bullpen or might be a good potential starter to develop in Pawtucket as he figures out whether he's okay to pitch. It's similar to a lot of the other Red Sox reclamation projects, except to the best of my knowledge, he's under the age of 30 and he's not overweight.
The thing that bothers me is the fact that he's been compared to Ramiro Mendoza so many times. He can start, he can relieve, he's the perfect spot starter/long relief guy. And now we can draw another similarity: He's now gone from New York to Boston. Of course, this transition worked out poorly for the Red Sox when Mendoza was the guy doing it. Going 5-6 with a WHIP well over one and a half and an ERA of 5.73 is not a good thing.
Let's hope Aceves doesn't do that. Both for the Red Sox and for a guy who could use a break.
This transaction, to add something of value to this post today, is a pretty convincing sign that this team is a little bit unsure about what Tim Wakefield can bring to the team this year. With the exception of the first half of 2009, when he got (and deserved) the All-Star nod, Wakefield's performance has been somewhat alarming. But the kind of stuff Aceves would be doing is the kind of stuff Wakefield's tentatively in the role of. What, is Wakefield going to transition into a sixth-inning knuckleballer? Doubt it. Might be the end of the line for the Little Engine that Could. At the very least, Aceves is an insurance plan.