Monday is the deadline for teams to offer contracts to players eligible for salary arbitration. Any player not tendered a contract would become a free agent.
For the Red Sox, that means decisions on six players, five of them relief pitchers.
Righthander Andrew Bailey will be offered a contract, according to a report by the New York Post on Sunday. That comes as a bit of a surprise. Bailey has a 4.91 earned run average and 1.46 WHIP over parts of two seasons in Boston and has pitched in only 49 games because of various injuries.
Bailey underwent extensive shoulder surgery in July and is not expected to return until midway through the coming season. Based on his service time and previous accomplishments, Bailey would command a contract worth approximately $4.3 million.
General manager Ben Cherington said last month that one of his goals would be to stockpile bullpen arms. The cost of Bailey could be worth his being available in late July.
Lefthander Franklin Morales is another question mark. He has a 5.06 ERA in his last 31 appearances going back to 2012 and has been dealing with an assortment of injuries along with a drop in velocity.
Morales was on the roster for the entirety of the postseason but was not used in the World Series after pitching poorly in the Division Series and ALCS. But Morales, who turns 28 in January, can be retained for less than $2 million.
Righthander Burke Badenhop, first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp, lefthander Andrew Miller and righthander Junichi Tazawa are all expected to be offered contracts. Carp, Miller and Tazawa all played significant roles last season and Badenhop was obtained from the Brewers on Nov. 22.