Sox Avoid Going To Arbitration With Papelbon & Others

Boston Agrees To Terms With Delcarmen, Papelbon, and Ramirez

Arbitration is arbitrary at this point.  The Boston Red Sox have agreed on multiple one-year deals this afternoon with arbitration eligible pitchers, most notably closer Jonathan Papelbon.  

Papelbon and the club came to terms on a one-year $9.35 million deal in 2010 with the deal topping out at $9.5 million if some incentives are met.  Boston also agreed on deals with Ramon Ramirez and Manny Delcarmen.

The agreement illustrates the second time in two years that the Sox and Papelbon have come to terms on a deal before the deadline as the Sox closer is now due to a $3 million raise from last season.  

Even after his debacle in Game 3 of the ALDS with the Los Angeles Angels, Papelbon remains one of the elite closers in the league and at age 29, shows no signs of slowing down.  

At least at a one-year at a time pace.

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