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Sox don't tender Donnelly

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December 13, 2007

Up against last night's midnight deadline to tender contracts to unsigned players with less than six years of service time, the Red Sox decided to tender 20 of the 21 candidates on their 40-man roster, leaving Brendan Donnelly as a free agent. Donnelly, whom the Red Sox were trying to sign as he rehabilitates from Tommy John surgery, can now sign with any team, though he may return to Boston.

Donnelly, 36, likely won't return to the mound before August, as rehab usually takes 12 months. Donnelly came to the Red Sox from the Angels in December 2006, going 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA in 27 appearances before sustaining the injury. He would be likely to sign a multiyear deal, as a one-year contract would not bring much return on a team's investment.

Among the major league contributors tendered were Manny Delcarmen, Jonathan Papelbon, Jon Lester, Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Kevin Youkilis. The other arbitration-eligible players tendered were Craig Breslow, Clay Buchholz, Bryan Corey, Devern Hansack, Kyle Jackson, Javier Lopez, Edgar Martinez, David Pauley, Kyle Snyder, Dusty Brown, George Kottaras, Chris Carter, Argenis Diaz, and Brandon Moss.

Any player who was not tendered becomes a free agent.

AMALIE BENJAMIN

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