Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Arbitration Avoided By Bullpen

It looks like the Red Sox have avoided arbitration with Jonathan Papelbon, Manny Delcarmen, and Ramon Ramirez. Epstein has a spotless record, and has never had arbitration, but it looks like he will have to work something out with 4th outfielder, Jeremy Hermida. The main player today that they wrapped up was Jonathan Papelbon (right) who is one of the best young closers in baseball. Papelbon will be 29 in 2010, but he is already the Red Sox all-time saves leader with 151, all this over 5 seasons. Papelbon was 1-1 with a 1.85 ERA and 38 saves in 41 opportunities last year and was key in the Red Sox' 2007 World Championship season. Ramon Ramirez and Manny Delcarmen weren't too shabby either, as two of the best bullpen pieces. Ramirez was 7-4 with a 2.84 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 69.2 innings. Delcarmen was 5-2 with a 4.53 ERA, although he faded at the end of the season. The Sox will be much better with these important bullpen acquisitions. Go Sox, all the way!!!!!!

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