There will be no arbitration showdown between Jonathan Papelbon and the Red Sox.
The Red Sox closer and the club came to terms on a one-year deal this afternoon, according to multiple reports. The Globe’s Tony Massarotti confirmed that Papelbon will receive $9.35 million in 2010, with the deal reaching $9.5 million if incentives are met. The terms were first reported by ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes.
The Red Sox have also come to terms with relievers Ramon Ramirez and Manny Delcarmen, according to the Globe’s Amalie Benjamin. A baseball source told Massarotti that Delcarmen will receive $905,000 next season, including an additional $15,000 if he pitches 65 games.
This marks the second straight year the Red Sox have come to terms with Papelbon just before the deadline to exchange arbitration numbers. Last season, he signed a one-year, $6.25 million deal, a record for pitchers eligible for arbitration for the first time.
Papelbon, 29, had 38 saves and a 1.85 ERA last season, but blew a save in Game 3 of the American League Division Series sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels.
The three agreement means that Theo Epstein’s record of never going to arbitration since becoming the Red Sox general manager in 2003 remains intact, though no agreement is in place yet with outfielder Jeremy Hermida, who is also arbitration eligible.