Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Red Sox Offer Arbitration to Bay and Wagner

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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