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Sox agree with Crisp

Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff  February 6, 2006 01:49 PM

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The Red Sox announced today that they’ve come to terms with outfielder Coco Crisp, avoiding arbitration. They also confirmed that they reached an agreement with Josh Beckett as well (which had been previously reported).

The team did not disclose terms of the Crisp deal, though the Associated Press reported it to be a one-year agreement for $2.75 million.

The Boston Globe reported over the weekend that the Sox agreed to a one-year deal with Beckett that will pay him $4.325 million in 2006. The 25-year-old made $2,425,000 last season when he went 15-8 with a 3.38 ERA for the Florida Marlins. He filed for arbitration and asked for $4.9 million, while the Red Sox offered $3.75 million.

The 25-year-old Crisp batted .300 last season with 42 doubles, 16 home runs, 86 runs scored, a .345 on-base percentage and .465 slugging percentage in 145 games for the Indians.

Both Crisp and Beckett were acquired by the Red Sox via trade earlier this offseason. The Red Sox avoided needing any arbitration hearings.

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