The Boston Red Sox were able to avoid salary arbitration with three players on Friday. Four players in total were eligible for arbitration including Mike Carp, Andrew Miller, Junichi Tazawa, and newcomer Jonathan Herrera.
Friday served as the league-mandated deadline for players and their employers to exchange salary figures.
Boston struck deals with Carp, Tazawa, and Herrera while unable to reach an agreement with Miller.
Carp agreed reportedly agreed to a $1.4 million deal for the upcoming season. Tazawa settled on a $1.275 million deal while Herrera fetched a $1.3 million.
The team still has time to reach an agreement with Miller prior to an arbitration hearing in February. He’s served as a valuable lefty arm out of the bullpen.
Obviously if the two sides cannot reach an agreement, an arbitrator would then hear the case and proceed to render a proper ruling as seen fit.
The tall lefty missed much of last season with an ankle injury.
Carp’s new annual salary is more than double than the $500,580 he made last season. He’ll once again serve as in integral role player, likely coming off of the bench again in 2014.
We know the talent Tazawa brings to the table as he served as a key piece coming out of the bullpen, setting up many key games along the way to last season’s World Series win.
A reported 146 players across the Major Leagues filed for arbitration.