The Red Sox have avoided arbitration with another eligible player as the club agreed to a one-year deal with Andrew Bailey. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the two sides agreed to a salary of $3.9 million for this upcoming season with as much as $100,000 in incentives.
The settled amount is just shy of the mid point between the two proposed figures. The Red Sox offered $3.35 million while Bailey’s agent countered with a salary of $4.7 million.
Bailey, who is under team control through the 2014 season, will have the daunting task of trying to make Red Sox fans forget about Jonathan Papelbon as the team’s closer. Acquired in a trade from Oakland, Bailey has saved an average of 25 games over his three years in the majors and given his low salary and young age, he could be the Sox closer for year’s to come.