With Andrew Bailey on the shelf for what could be 4-5 months, the Sox needed someone to step into the closer roll.
Bobby Valentine announced today that that man would be Alfredo Aceves.
It’s an interesting call considering two factors: One, Mark Melancon has experience in the role, racking up 20 saves for the Astros last year. Two, Aceves proved to be a valuable swingman last season. He provided several valuable spot starts, as well as often acting as a one-man bridge from starter to closer.
Aceves may be the right call, but with people already questioning Bobby V’s judgement in general, you have to wonder if playing it safe with Melancon was the better call.