Red Sox avoid arbitration with Alfredo Aceves at $1.2M

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From the Boston Globe‘s Nick Cafardo comes word that the Red Sox and right-hander Alfredo Aceves avoided arbitration Sunday morning by agreeing to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

The deal also carries $100K worth of incentives.

Aceves requested $1.6 million and was offered $950,000 from the Red Sox when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. It took several weeks, but the two sides have found a middle ground.

The 29-year-old will get a shot at a rotation spot this spring after posting an impressive 2.61 ERA across 114 innings (four starts, 51 relief appearances) in 2011. He’s under contract control through the 2014 season.

Cubs acquire Terrance Gore from the Royals

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The Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Terrance Gore from the Royals for cash considerations.

Gore has not played in the big leagues at all this season and only has 49 games and 14 plate appearances to his credit at the big league level over four seasons. Still, in that time, he has stolen 21 bases as a pinch-runner extraordinaire. That has extended into the postseason too, as he has four stolen bases in postseason play despite never having had a postseason plate appearance.

Figure the Cubs want some instant speed themselves, at the very least for September, when active rosters expand to 40-men. If he proves valuable then, and if the Cubs can find room for him, he’d be a useful playoff weapon as well.