Red Sox reach deals with relievers Aceves, Reyes

BY foxsports • February 9, 2011

The Boston Red Sox have added more depth to their much-improved bullpen, signing right-hander Alfredo Aceves and lefty Dennys Reyes.

Aceves agreed to a one-year contract worth $650,000 in the majors and $200,000 in the minors, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team did not make an announcement.

Reyes agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, team spokeswoman Pam Ganley said.

Boston has made a concerted effort this offseason to upgrade its bullpen, which had the AL's third-worst ERA last year. The Red Sox have added right-handers Bobby Jenks, Dan Wheeler and Matt Albers and re-signed lefty Hideki Okajima.

The 29-year-old Aceves is 14-1 with a 3.21 ERA in 59 appearances over three seasons, all with the New York Yankees. He was 10-1 with a 3.54 ERA in 2009. He pitched only 12 innings in 10 games last season before going on the disabled list May 9 for the rest of the season with a back injury. He was 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA.

On Nov. 30, Aceves had surgery after breaking his left collarbone in a bicycle accident in Mexico. At the time of the operation, the Yankees said he would need three months of rehabilitation.

Reyes, 33, was 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 59 appearances last year with the St. Louis Cardinals, his 10th major league team. He has pitched in at least 50 games in each of the past five seasons and is 35-35 with a 4.18 ERA in 669 career outings.

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