Red Sox sign former Yankees reliever Alfredo Aceves

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have agreed to a major-league contract with reliever Alfredo Aceves, who spent the past three seasons pitching for the Yankees.

New York non-tendered Aceves after he was limited to just 12 innings last season because of a back injury and then suffered a broken left clavicle during a bike-riding accident in Mexico.

Barring a setback he’s expected to be ready by March and he’s a nice buy-low pickup after posting a 3.21 ERA and 87/30 K/BB ratio in 126 innings spread over 54 relief appearances and five starts. If healthy the 28-year-old right-hander will work middle relief for the Red Sox.

UPDATE: Buster Olney of ESPN.com says the deal is worth $650,000, plus another $100,000 in possible incentives. Very worthwhile flier for Boston.

Video: Troy Tulowitzki plays along with a photographer who thought he was a pitcher

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.