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1 NEW YORK YANKEES
JOE LEMIRE
April 05, 2010
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April 05, 2010

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When you carry the highest payroll in the game, there's a lot of value in inexpensive solutions. With righthander Alfredo Aceves, the Yankees have one. A Mexican League find, Aceves, 27, shot through the system in 2008, reaching the majors in August on the heels of a 2.62 ERA at three minor league levels. Last year Aceves was a mop-up man, entering 26 of 43 games prior to the seventh inning, striking out 69 men and walking just 14 unintentionally for a stellar 4.9-to-1 K/BB ratio. Aceves has command of four good pitches—he misses bats with his curve and change—and he can both start and relieve. The Yankees should find a bigger role for him, either setting up Mariano Rivera as a multiple-inning reliever or as the fifth starter. Even the Yankees can't waste a pitcher as good as Aceves in low-leverage relief.

The Lineup

WITH 2009 STATISTICS

Manager Joe Girardi

3RD SEASON WITH YANKEES

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New acquisition

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