SARASOTA, Fla. – Alfredo Aceves comes to the Orioles with an attitude.
“It’s Orioles, not the Orioles, from my point of view. From now on, for me, I believe it’s Orioles, not the Orioles,” he said on Sunday, shortly after he arrived in camp.
A few reporters who were talking with Aceves weren’t exactly sure what he meant, but he has already impressed manager Buck Showalter with his athleticism.
Aceves, who is 31, was signed last month as a minor league free agent. He had two great years in the majors, in 2009 with the Yankees and 2011 with the Red Sox, when he went a combined 20-3.
In 2012, he had 25 saves for Boston, but he battled with manager Bobby Valentine and had issues with Dustin Pedroia. After a 4-1 record with a 4.86 ERA, the Red Sox let him go before the start of the postseason.
Lots of people are waiting to see how Showalter and Aceves will get along. Showalter, who doesn’t like to prejudge players, is keeping a close eye on Aceves.
"He told a joke in here. He's engaging, he smiles easily. I found that the better people pitch or hit or field or play, the less that seems to be a distraction,” Showalter said.
Aceves could be a candidate to either start or relieve.