According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Giants have signed veteran right-hander Alfredo Aceves to a minor league contract.
Aceves is a noteworthy name in that he has enjoyed success in the past and has a history of erratic behavior. However, hasn’t been an effective pitcher for a couple of years now. He owns a 5.39 ERA at the major league level dating back to 2012. The 32-year-old had a brief stint with the Yankees last season and was also handed a 50-game suspension in the minors after a second positive test for marijuana.
Aceves is unlikely to crack the Giants’ Opening Day bullpen, so he’s likely ticketed for Triple-A Sacramento.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Friday that the Padres signed outfielder Tyson Gillies to a minor league deal. Gillies had been outrighted by the Phillies in June last year.
Gillies, 26, was a former top prospect in the Mariners’ system who went to the Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade in December 2009. Gillies struggled with his new team, failing to live up to lofty expectations, suffering numerous injuries, and being involved in two off-the-field incidents. One, in which he was arrested for possession of cocaine, was eventually dropped. The other resulted in a team-issued indefinite suspension in 2012 as Gillies verbally berated the Double-A Reading Phillies’ bus driver. It was one of several reported incidents in which he was unable to control his emotions. In 414 plate appearances at the Triple-A level, Gillies has a .582 OPS.
Gillies, as a member of Canada’s World Baseball Classic team, was also memorably involved in a benches-clearing brawl against Mexico in March 2013. He threw pitcher Alfredo Aceves to the ground before jumping back in the middle of the fracas. Perhaps the Padres feel Gillies moving to a new location could help him turn his career around.
Alfredo Aceves’ second stint with the Yankees was a short one, as the veteran right-hander has been designated for assignment after throwing 19 innings for New York.
Aceves posted a 6.52 ERA with six homers allowed to earn the demotion, although his 16/4 K/BB ratio was very good. He’s still just 31 years old, but Aceves has a 5.39 ERA in 140 innings dating back to 2012 and his reputation as a semi-crazy person probably won’t help him keep another gig.