Red Sox sign all arb-eligible players but Breslow

By Jeff Louderback

The last Red Sox player to reach arbitration was right-handed starting pitcher Rolando Arrojo in 2002. The record will likely remain intact since the team reached terms with every arbitration-eligible player except left-handed reliever Craig Breslow.

According to media reports, Breslow filed for $2.375 million and the Red Sox countered with $2.325 million, so a resolution before an arbitration hearing is probable.

Overall, the Red Sox reached agreements with the following arbitration-eligible players:

Currently, the Red Sox estimated 2013 payroll for luxury tax purposes is $168.7 million, according to the Providence Journal. The luxury tax threshold is $178 million this year.

Much of the $9 million plus that remains could be gobbled by Mike Napoli‘s incentives, which could increase his $5 million guaranteed salary to as much as $13 million.

This is why the Red Sox could deal from positions of depth before opening day. Saltalamacchia is expendable because the Red Sox signed David Ross and already have catchers Ryan Lavarnway, Dan Butler and Christian Vazquez on the 40-man roster. Napoli could also see time behind the plate, though he will mostly play first base to reduce wear and tear on his body.

Boston could also deal a left-handed reliever – like Breslow – since Morales is valuable as a long reliever, set-up man and potential starter, and Miller is an effective and inexpensive power arm.

Bailey could also have trade value since the Red Sox have names like Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara and Aceves who can serve as reliable late-inning relievers.

1 Response to “ Red Sox sign all arb-eligible players but Breslow ”

  1. They’ll definitely deal one or two of the out of options relievers. Somebody will have to be DFA’d to make room for Napoli. I’d be surprised to see them deal Saltalamacchia before spring training.

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