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Papelbon agrees to $6.25M deal with Red Sox

Updated: January 20, 2009, 8:24 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon took a one-year deal to avoid arbitration. He could be in the same position next year.

The Boston Red Sox right-hander agreed Tuesday to a contract worth $6.25 million, but he didn't get follow teammates Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis in agreeing to a long-term deal.

"We are certainly open to exploring those ideas going forward," assistant general manager Jed Hoyer said.

The Red Sox also agreed to a one-year deal with lefty Javier ...

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