After finalizing their stunning blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday afternoon, the Red Sox turned right around and announced that right-handed reliever Alfredo Aceves, who has served as their closer since the beginning of the season, has been suspended three games for "conduct detrimental to the team."
It appears the incident that led to the suspension occurred after the Red Sox's 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night. With Boston holding that tight one-run lead in the ninth, manager Bobby Valentine elected to use the man the team had planned on having at closer this game, Andrew Bailey, for a four-out save attempt. Bailey would answer that call to earn his first save of the season.
According to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, the unannounced plan to give that opportunity to Bailey didn't sit well with Aceves, which led to a scene in the manager's office.
Aceves was visibly angry in the clubhouse after Friday night's win, which was closed out by Andrew Bailey. Aceves slammed the door on his way in and out of manager Bobby Valentine's office after the game.
Having fun yet, Mr. Valentine?
Of course Aceves' outburst is just the latest case of Red Sox players outwardly disagreeing with the managerial stylings of Bobby V. Though I would agree he doesn't owe his players an explanation for every decision he makes, I would think it would have been in his best interests to better communicate to Aceves that a save opportunity wouldn't be coming his way on Friday night. Especially in light of some of those reports. Aceves likely would not have been happy initially, but at least he has some time to cool off and you increase the odds of avoiding a heat-of-the-moment tantrum.
Then again, after Aceves imploded on Thursday, allowing five runs to the Los Angeles Angels in a wild 14-13 loss — Aceves was credited with his seventh blown save and eighth loss as a result — he probably should have been expecting a breather.
But regardless of how you look at it now, it won't change the actions or the consequences. Aceves is out of action through Monday's series finale with the Royals. And I'd say there's at least a decent chance the closer's job won't be waiting for him when he returns.
Stay tuned for that reaction on Tuesday.
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