02/15/09 2:29 PM ET
Aceves forgoing Classic chance
Righty decides to stay with Yankees instead of playing for Mexico
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
"This is my job," Aceves said Sunday. "I cannot leave my job. I have to have a job first. I want to make my team and help the team."
"I want to throw my bullpens with [Jorge] Posada and [Jose] Molina, because these guys are going to be here all season with us," Aceves said. "I want to know how they work and show them how I work."
Aceves was listed on Mexico's provisional roster for the Classic and expressed interest in pitching for his country, but he decided it is more important for him to secure a Major League job.
"Seriously, I wanted to pitch," Aceves said. "It's my country and the first time they invited me. This year, I said, 'I want to go,' but I can't now."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.