Saturday, January 19, 2013
Craig Breslow, Red Sox agree
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 left-handed reliever Craig Breslow, according to a 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 and 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 with their players. The team's last arbitration hearing was in 2002.