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Payday for the young guns

Posted by Gordon Edes, Globe Staff  March 6, 2008 05:14 PM

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As my colleague Amalie Benjamin reported a short time ago, Jonathan Papelbon and the Sox came to terms on a one-year deal for $775,000, with an award bonus of $25,000 if he makes the All-Star team. Papelbon will be paid $225,000 more than Bobby Jenks, the White Sox closer who has almost the exact same service time as Papelbon.

Second-year player Dustin Pedroia came to terms on a $457,000 contract (minimum is $390,000 in 2008). Other notables signing include (Jon Lester $421,500), Manny Delcarmen ($421,000), Jacoby Ellsbury ($406,000), and Clay Buchholz ($396,000).

The other agreements were reached with pitchers David Aardsma, Craig Breslow, Bryan Corey, Devern Hansack, Kyle Jackson, Edgar Martinez, and David Pauley; catchers Dusty Brown and George Kottaras; infielders Chris Carter and Argenis Diaz, and outfielder and Brandon Moss.

In all, 18 players came to terms today, with the Sox not having to renew anyone.

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