Red Sox reach deals, avoid arbitration with five players
Jul 5, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) reacts after hitting a two run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 14, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers (11) hits a walk off single during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
The Red Sox and Rafael Devers agreed to a one-year contract on Monday worth $11.2 million, according to multiple sources. Reports initially believed that the sides did not reach a deal before coming back at the eleventh hour to get an agreement done. Devers shined last season, making his first All-Star appearance while belting 38 home runs with a .890 OPS. Playing with an injured right arm, Devers still hit five home runs and drove in 12 runs in the postseason.
Jul 5, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Christian Arroyo (39) reaches home after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Arroyo reached a deal with the Red Sox on a one-year contract for $1.2 million. In 57 games last season, Arroyo was productive with a .769 OPS and came up with clutch hits such as his go-ahead grand slam in Atlanta last summer. With the signing of Trevor Story, Arroyo will likely step into a utility role in 2022.
Apr 14, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Alex Verdugo (99) hits a single in the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Alex Verdugo’s one-year deal is reportedly for $3.55 million. In his first 162-game season with the club, Verdugo stepped up in the Boston outfield, hitting .289 with a .777 OPS and 88 runs scored in 146 games. Verdugo looks to continue to grow in his third season in a Red Sox uniform.
May 20, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, CAN; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nick Pivetta (37) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
Pivetta’s deal is for $2.65 million, per multiple reports. After being acquired from the Phillies at the trade deadline in 2020, Pivetta worked his way into the rotation with a 9-8 record and 10.2 K/9 in 30 starts. Pivetta gained praise for his heroic performance out of the bullpen in game three of the ALDS against Tampa Bay that led to a walk-off and eventual series win for Boston.
Jun 23, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Josh Taylor (38) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Taylor’s deal is reportedly for $1.025 million. Taylor served as Boston’s go-to lefty reliever in 2021, pitching to a 3.40 ERA and striking out 60 batters in 47.2 IP. Taylor will once again serve as a high-leverage reliever in Alex Cora’s bullpen in 2022.
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