The Boston Red Sox today announced that the club has offered salary arbitration to free agent outfielder Jason Bay and left-handed pitcher Billy Wagner. The club also announced it will not offer salary arbitration to outfielder Rocco Baldelli, right-handed pitcher Paul Byrd and infielder Chris Woodward.
The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
As a result of today’s action, the Red Sox would be eligible to receive compensation for Bay and Wagner, both type A free agents. Players offered salary arbitration have until December 7 to accept or decline that offer.
Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, clubs retain the right to negotiate and/or enter into a contract agreement with any of their free agents, regardless of whether arbitration was offered. There are no deadlines for such negotiations and/or agreements.
Bay hit .267 (142-for-531) last season. He finished second in the American League with 119 RBI and tied for third with 36 home runs, both career highs. Wagner combined to go 1-1 with a 1.72 ERA (3 ER/15.2 IP) in 17 games with the Mets and Red Sox. He fanned 26 batters in just 15.2 innings.
Baldelli batted .253 (38-for-150) with seven homers and 23 RBI in 62 games last year. Byrd was 1-3 with a 5.82 ERA (22 ER/34.0 IP) in seven games (six starts). Woodward combined to hit .215 (17-for-79) with five RBI in 33 contests with the Mariners and Red Sox.
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