The Red Sox have signed Jacoby Ellsbury.
No, it's not the long-term, blockbuster deal Ellsbury will undoubtedly get from somebody at the end of the 2013 season.
The Red Sox signed Ellsbury, who was up for arbitration, to a one-year, 9 million deal for the 2013 season that will bring him into unrestricted free agency.
He wasn't the only one signed though. Boston signed six other arbitration-eligible players, including newly acquired closer Joel Hanrahan to a one-year, 7.04 million deal.
Others who were signed include right-handed pitchers Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey and Daniel Bard and left-handed pitchers Andrew Miller and Franklin Morales.
Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.
"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."
No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .
. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.
Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.
Terms of the deals were not announced.
It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.