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Saturday, January 19, 2013
Source: Sox, Breslow agree on 2-year deal

By Gordon Edes

The Boston Red Sox on Saturday reached agreement with their final arbitration-eligible player, striking a two-year, $6.25 million deal with lefthanded reliever Craig Breslow, according to a baseball source. The deal also includes a $4 million team option for 2015.

On Thursday and Friday, the Red Sox reached deals with their other eight arbitration-eligible players, including Jacoby Ellsbury and Joel Hanrahan.

When Breslow and the team exchanged figures Friday, they were only $50,000 apart. Breslow was asking for $2.375 million and the Sox offered $2.325 million. His new deal averages above both figures, about $3.1 million per season, but it also buys out at least a year of free agency.

The 32-year-old Breslow was acquired at the July 31 trade deadline and pitched well in 23 appearances for the Red Sox. In 20 innings, he struck out 19, had a 2.70 ERA. For the season, he held left-handed hitters to a .222 batting average.

The agreement extends the Red Sox’s streak of avoiding arbitration. The team’s last arbitration hearing was in 2002.