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Red Sox sign Alfredo Aceves, envision him as a starter 02.08.11 at 5:41 pm ET
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A major league source confirmed that the Red Sox have signed right-handed pitcher Alfredo Aceves to a big league deal worth $650,000, with another $100,000 in possible incentives. It is a split contract that would pay Aceves $200,000 if he is sent to the minors.

The 28-year-old spent parts of the last three seasons in the majors with the Yankees, producing a 14-1 record and 3.21 ERA while showing excellent command (2.1 walks per nine innings) and striking out 6.2 batters per nine innings. Aceves missed most of 2010 due to injuries, pitching just 12 innings in 10 appearances.

He then required surgery in early December to repair a broken clavicle suffered during an offseason bicycling accident in Mexico. The Yankees opted not to tender him a contract in December shortly thereafter, and reports suggested that a three-month rehab from the surgery would delay him at the start of spring training. The Boston Globe, which was first to report the Aceves signing, said that the right-hander worked out for the Sox on Monday.

The Sox don’t expect Aceves to have any restrictions in spring training. While his success in the majors was primarily as a reliever for the Yankees, the Sox are looking at him more as a starter. Aceves has made five big league starts, going 1-0 with a 3.42 ERA, and he has made 32 of his 36 minor league appearances since signing with the Yankees out of Mexico as a starter.

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Lowell Spinners announce plan to launch “Human Home Run” 02.08.11 at 3:23 pm ET
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The Lowell Spinners, the Red Sox’ Short-Season Single-A affiliate, typically field a number of top Sox prospects at the infancy of their professional careers. Yet while they have offered the unique chance to get an early glimpse of players such as Kevin Youkilis, Jonathan Papelbon, Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jed Lowrie, Ryan Kalish and others in their early careers, the Spinners are just as well known for their rich history of innovative promotions.

It appears they are primed to make their promotional mark on the 2011 season as well. Here’s a press release on a unique event they’ll hold on July 5:

The Lowell Spinners, Class-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are thrilled to announce the first ever ‘€œHuman Home Run’€ will take place at LeLacheur Park July 5, 2011, as the human cannonball, David Smith, Jr., will be shot from a cannon at home plate over the outfield wall following the conclusion of the Spinners game. Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Sox reach agreement with Dennys Reyes 02.05.11 at 2:44 pm ET
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According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Red Sox have reached an agreement on a minor league deal with left-handed pitcher Dennys Reyes. The deal calls for Reyes to make $900,000 if he makes the major league team, with performance bonuses that could push the value of the deal as high as $1.4 million.

Reyes had a 3.55 ERA for the Cardinals in 59 appearances last year. For more on the southpaw, click here.

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Report: Red Sox close to deal with LHP Dennys Reyes 02.04.11 at 10:04 pm ET
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According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com (via twitter), the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with left-handed reliever Dennys Reyes on a minor league deal. Reyes reportedly had agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Phillies earlier in the offseason, but that deal did not get finalized.

Reyes, who turns 34 in April, has recorded 50 or more appearances in each of the last five years, amassing a 2.63 ERA in stops with the Twins and Cardinals. In 2010, he made 59 appearances for St. Louis with a 3.55 ERA. In his career, Reyes has held lefties to a .238 average and .669 OPS. In 2010, however, he suffered an odd reversal of his splits, holding righties to a .177 mark with a .481 OPS, while lefties hit .307/.862 against him.

Reyes would be one of several left-handers whom the Sox have signed to minor league deals this offseason, including Rich Hill, Andrew Miller, Randy Williams and Lenny DiNardo. Of those four signees, Hill, Miller and Williams all have spring training invites to big league camp with the Sox. The Sox also signed Hideki Okajima to a major league deal, and left-hander Felix Doubront will also be considered for a spot in the bullpen.

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Remembering the Red Sox’ pursuit of Andy Pettitte 02.04.11 at 6:11 pm ET
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It was an offer that could have changed history.

It was weeks removed from the 2003 postseason, and the Red Sox were trying to recover from the crushing end of their 2003 season. That the Yankees had lost to the Marlins in the World Series was little consolation to a Sox team that had come within five agonizing outs of finally escaping the yoke of their divisional oppressors, only to suffer an infamous defeat in Game 7 of the ALCS that would soon lead to the firing of Grady Little and an effort to bolster the Sox roster for the following year.

Andy Pettitte had played a part in the Sox’ demise that postseason. The left-hander, as part of a spectacular postseason in which he went 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in five starts, had shut down the Sox in Game 2 of the ALCS, helping to restore order for the Yankees after the Sox had won Game 1. Though Pettitte claimed a no-decision in Game 6 of the series (a Sox win), the 31-year-old had established himself as one of the most important members of the Yankees, and one of the best southpaws in the game.

Pettitte was a free agent at an opportune moment. He had gone 21-8, made all his starts (33), achieved a 4.08 ERA while punching out a career-high 180 and finished sixth in the AL Cy Young race. The Yankees wanted to retain him, but the Red Sox were desperate to find a front-of-the-rotation complement to help them make a run at the Yankees. Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Sox will have four of top 40 picks in 2011 draft 02.02.11 at 8:49 pm ET
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Yes, the fact that Felipe Lopez signed a minor league deal with the Rays was a disappointment to the Red Sox. Had the infielder signed a major league deal with another club, it would have netted the Sox a sandwich pick in the 2011 draft, offering a handsome return for the minimal investment (roughly $50,000 in regular season salary, plus a $15,000 buyout of a team option for 2011) it made in him for the last eight games of the 2010 season.

Even so, the Red Sox are in tremendous position for the upcoming draft, which is considered to feature one of the top prospect pools in recent memory, rivaling the quality of the outstanding 2005 draft class that netted the Sox Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, Jed Lowrie, Michael Bowden and Craig Hansen.

The order of the 2011 major league draft is now settled. As a result of the comings (Carl Crawford, who cost the Sox their first-round pick, No. 24 overall) and goings (Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre each netted the Sox a pair of compensatory draft picks), the Sox will now have four of the top 40 overall picks in the 2011 draft, two in the first round and two in the sandwich round:

1 – No. 19
1 – No. 26
1(s) – No. 36
1(s) – No. 40

The 2011 draft, then, will mark the first time the Sox have four of the first 40 picks since 1982. (For what it’s worth, that was a disappointing draft class for the Sox, who selected Sam Horn (No. 16 overall), Rob Parkins (18), Jeff Ledbetter (26) and Kevin Romine (29).) And while the Red Sox would have loved to have netted an extra pick from Lopez, the fact that both Martinez and Beltre netted first rounders leaves the team in strong shape for the coming draft, in what could be an opportunity for the Sox to reload some of the organizational depth that they lost when trading for Adrian Gonzalez this year.

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Red Sox announce four minor league signings and spring training roster 02.02.11 at 3:44 pm ET
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The Red Sox announced the signings of four players to minor league deals with invitations to big league spring training camp:

Matt Fox, a right-hander whom the Sox claimed on waivers from the Twins at the end of the year;

Tony Pena Jr., who spent his first full year as a pitcher in 2010 after starting his big league career as a shortstop;

Paul Hoover, a catcher who has been with the Phillies for the last couple seasons; and

Hector Luna, a veteran utility infielder.

They were among the 20 non-roster invitees to big league spring training camp. Here are details of the four players whose signings were announced as well as the major league spring training non-roster invitees: Read the rest of this entry »

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