Sox nearly done with arbitration to-do list


Sox nearly done with arbitration to-do list

Few franchises had as many arbitration-eligible players as the Red Sox at the start of this week. In the last two days, however, the Red Sox reduced that list from nine players to just one.

After first agreeing with catcher Jarrod Saltalamaacchia on a 4.5 million contract Thursday, the Red Sox crossed off six more names on the arbitration-eligible list Friday, first signing outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, newly-acquired closer Joel Hanrahan and then five more relievers to one year deals.

Lefty Craig Breslow is the only unsigned arbitration-eligible player, despite a mere 50,000 separating his filing request (2.375 million) and the team's offer of 2.325 million

Ellsbury got 9 million -- a raise of almost exactly 1 million over last year, when he earned 8.05 million - while Hanrahan agreed to a 7.04 million contract, up from the 4.1 million he earned from the Pittsburgh Pirates last season.

Andrew Bailey signed for 4.1 million, up slightly from his 3.9 million from 2012.

Alfredo Aceves more than doubled his salary, going from 1.2 million to 2.65 million.

Daniel Bard, who had a lost season and spent more than two months at Triple A Pawtucket, will earn 1.8625, up slightly from his 1.6125 from last year.

Andrew Miller agreed to a 1.475 million deal, an increase over the 1.04 million he earned last year.

Franklin Morales, who made just 850,000 in 2012, agreed to a 1.4875 million contract.

NLCS: Cubs beat Dodgers 8-4, head home with 3-2 series lead


NLCS: Cubs beat Dodgers 8-4, head home with 3-2 series lead

LOS ANGELES - Jon Lester pitched seven sharp innings, Addison Russell hit a tiebreaking homer and the Chicago Cubs moved one win from their first World Series trip in 71 years by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Thursday.

The Cubs grabbed a 3-2 lead in the NL Championship Series and will have two chances to wrap up that elusive pennant back home at Wrigley Field.

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