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Red Sox avoid arbitration with seven players, including Jacoby Ellsbury

Posted By Rob Bradford On January 18, 2013 @ 6:08 pm In General | 31 Comments

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The Red Sox have announced they came to terms with seven of the eight unsigned arbitration-eligible players Friday, leaving just Craig Breslow as the only one of the group unsigned. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.com, Breslow filed at $2.375 million, while the Red Sox countered at $2.325 million.

The players agreeing to terms were pitchers Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey, Daniel Bard, Joel Hanrahan, Andrew Miller and Franklin Morales, along with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

Ellsbury’s deal was the richest of the bunch, at $9 million for 2013. It was the final year of arbitration-eligibility for the outfielder, who was paid $8,050,000 last year after becoming eligible for arbitration for the second time. It was a significant bump in salary from the 2.4 million he made in 2011, due to his breakout 2011 season. Following his memorable 2011 season in which he finished as runner-up in American League MVP voting, Ellsbury suffered through an injury-plagued season in 2012, playing just 74 games. He hit .271/.313/.370 with four home runs and 26 RBIs.

Hanrahan’s deal is for $7.04 million deal, a considerable increase on the $4.1 million the right-hander earned in 2012. Hanrahan, who was arbitration-eligible for the third time this offseason, could earn an additional $60,000 in incentives, according to the website, with $15,000 bonuses for finishing 45, 50, 55 and 60 games.

According to Aceves’ agent Tom O’Connell has told WEEI.com’s Alex Speier that the pitcher’s contract is for $2.65 million.

The other figures for the signees are as follows: Bailey: $4.1 million; Bard: $1.8625 million; Miller: $1.475 million; Morales: $1.4875 million.

The last Red Sox player to go to arbitration was pitcher Rolando Arrojo in 2002.


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