Red Sox sign 16 players

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox announced they have signed 16 players to one-year contracts. These are 40-man roster players who have 0-3 years of service time and are not eligible for arbitration.

The team pays them at the major league minimum of $480,000 with allowances made for service time.

Those players signed were pitchers Michael Bowden, Drake Britton, Chris Carpenter, Felix Doubront, Mark Melancon, Clayton Mortensen, Stolmy Pimentel and Junichi Tazawa; catchers Luis Exposito and Ryan Lavarnway; infielders Lars Anderson, Will Middlebrooks and Oscar Tejeda; and outfielders Ryan Kalish, Che-Hsuan Lin and Darnell McDonald.

All 40 players on Boston’s major league roster are under contract for 2012.


UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: The players with no service time — Britton, Lin, Middlebrooks, Pimentel and Tejeda — received $480,000 according to a source.

From there, it went to Exposito ($481,000), Carpenter ($482,000), Anderson ($482,000), Lavarnway ($482,000), Kalish ($483,000), Doubront ($484,000), Bowden ($484,000), Mortensen ($486,500), McDonald ($506,500), Melancon ($521,000) and Tazawa ($920,000).

Tazawa had nearly a year and a half of service time when he missed the 2010 season for Tommy John surgery. And under rules in the CBA the Red Sox were limited to what degree they could alter his salary from his original three-year, $3.3 million deal.

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