Red Sox Avoid Arbitration With Ellsbury, Hanrahan

BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox have avoided arbitration with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and new closer Joel Hanrahan, reaching one-year deals with both players.

The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham is reporting Ellsbury and the Sox agreed to a $9-million deal, more than what the outfielder was expected to earn for the 2013 season. Ellsbury played in 78 games in 2012, batting .271 with four home runs and 14 stolen bases.

Shortly after the news broke, Ellsbury tweeted “Done deal! Excited to get to spring training!!!”

Ellsbury has signed one-year deals since becoming arbitration elligible three years ago, and will hit the free agent market after this season.

According to Abraham, the Red Sox also reached a one-year, $7.04 million deal with new closer Joel Hanrahan, who they acquired via trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates last month.

The Red Sox have six players who are arbitration-eligible still unsigned: Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey, Daniel Bard, Craig Breslow, Andrew Miller, and Franklin Morales.


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