The Boston Red Sox Friday afternoon were able to reach contract agreements with three of the four remaining players that filed for salary arbitration.
Set-up man Junichi Tazawa was the first player to settle this morning, agreeing on a one-year pact (hat-tip Joel Sherman) for $1.275 million. Tazawa pitched in 71 games in 2013, locking things down until closer Koji Uehera came in the ninth inning.
Mike Carp, utility outfielder and first baseman was the last of the three players to sign (via Sherman) on the dotted line Friday. He agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.4 million. With his potential power bat, that salary is extremely tradable if the Red Sox get an offer that is just too good to pass up.
The last case remaining is left-hander Andrew Miller. The Boston Herald's Scott Lauber tweeted that an agreement between Miller and the Red Sox was unlikely Friday, but both sides have until the actual salary arbitration hearing to get a deal done. Lauber openly wonders if the two sides are working on a multi-year deal
The Red Sox have not had a case reach an actual hearing since they beat Rolando Arrojo in 2002 and have not lost a case since Tim Wakefield defeated them in 1997
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