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Source: Joe Kelly, Red Sox avoid arbitration with 1-year, $2.6 million deal

01.15.16 at 2:22 pm ET
Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

According to a major league source, the Red Sox and pitcher Joe Kelly have agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million agreement for 2016, avoiding arbitration.

It was the first year of arbitration eligibility for Kelly, who went 10-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 2015. The 27-year-old righty went on an eight-start stretch in which he went 8-0 with a 2.59 ERA before being shut down for the final three weeks of the season with an elbow issue.

Kelly is slated to be part of a starting rotation that includes David Price, Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz and Eduardo Rodriguez.

The other two Red Sox who remain arbitration eligible are relievers Robbie Ross Jr. and Junichi Tazawa.

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