It was reported earlier in the week that the Mets were interested in Aceves, but Castillo’s report is the first one that notes contact between the two parties.
Aceves, a right hander who turns 31 in December, split last season between Boston’s Triple-A affiliate and the majors. In 11 appearances spanning 37 innings for Boston (6 as a starter, 5 out of the bullpen), Aceves had a 4.86 ERA and 1.73 WHIP. He was removed from Boston’s 40-man roster in July.
Since coming into the league in 2008, Aceves has a career ERA of 3.69 to go along with a 1.20 WHIP.
Marc Carig tweeted yesterday that if the Mets signed Aceves, it would likely be a minor league deal.
Bringing in Aceves on a minor league deal would be a solid move for the Mets.
He’s best used as a reliever, but he would also be able to serve as an emergency starter if the Mets brought him in.
Aceves’ fastball usually sits in the low 90′s, though his average fastball velocity in 2012 (when he worked exclusively out of the bullpen) was 94. He also features a cutter, curveball, changeup, and split-finger.
Heading into 2014, there are probably three locks for the bullpen – Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, and Scott Rice. Carlos Torres will also likely have a spot, and Josh Edgin would have a leg up if the Mets plan on carrying two lefties. That would leave two spots (one if the club re-signs LaTroy Hawkins) for Jeurys Familia, Gonzalez Germen, Joel Carreno, and anyone else the club brings in.
Inexpensive relievers like Aceves are the ones the Mets should be targeting. The bullpen is stable enough that the majority of their resources should be allocated elsewhere.