Apparently, glaring personality flaws aren’t deterring Dan Duquette from handing out minor league contracts this winter. Earlier this week, the Baltimore Orioles signed outfielder/designated hitter Delmon Young and invited him to Spring Training in Sarasota. They followed that deal by inking Alfredo Aceves to a similar contract.
BREAKING: O's in talks with Milton Bradley, John Rocker MT @BalSportsReport: Alfredo Aceves & Delmon Young could be teammates in Baltimore.
— the Spastics (@OriolesSpastics) January 15, 2014
As pointed out in my reactionary blogpost, Young was arrested in New York City for aggravated harassment as a hate crime while he was playing for the Detroit Tigers in 2012. The New York Police Department said he yelled an anti-Semitic slur while he was intoxicated. He was released on $5,000 bail and was suspended for seven games. He later pleaded guilty on November 7 and was sentenced to 10 days of community service and ordered to attend a program at the Museum of Tolerance.
During his time in Boston, Aceves seemed to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. He was suspended by the Red Sox for slamming Bobby Valentine’s door after a “heated talk” in the manager’s office when he become frustrated that he wasn’t used in a save situation in August of 2012. From then on, Aceves would publicly argue with Valentine in the dugout and disrespect him on mound.
Aceves pitched a 4.86 ERA over 11 games last season (six starts) with a 1.730 WHIP. He has struggled since 2011 when he posted a 2.61 ERA in 114.0 innings pitched with a 1.105 WHIP and 6.6 H/9.