Boston will bring the veteran right-hander back despite a rocky 2012 season.
By 11:59 p.m. Friday, teams must decide whether to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. Those who don’t get offers will become free agents.
Alfredo Aceves won’t be in that group.
Lauber writes that the Red Sox still value the right-hander despite his tumultuous season, and speculates Aceves could be a potential trade candidate as the winter wears on.
The 30-year-old was awarded the closer role at the beginning of 2012 after Andrew Bailey went out with a thumb injury. The right-hander was pushed out of the role at late in the season, however, and had a series of highly publicized confrontations with then-manager Bobby Valentine about his unhappiness at his diminished role with the club.
Aceves finished his second season with the Red Sox with a 5.36 ERA in 84 innings of work.