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Pineiro, Boston's potential closer, finalizes contract

Updated: January 8, 2007, 3:12 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox took an unusual step Thursday toward finding a closer by finalizing a $4 million, one-year contract with Joel Pineiro, who has one save in 185 major league games.

With Jonathan Papelbon headed for the rotation after saving 35 games last year and a slim market for available closers, Boston hopes Pineiro can emerge as a consistent finisher.

"He's a guy, even when he was a starter, a lot of our reports were that he would be pretty unbelievable in the ...

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