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  • January 19th, 2011

    January 19, 2011:
    And the Trend Continues…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:39 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    Well, Theo’s arbitration hearing-less streak, in place since his tenure as GM began in 2002, has been kept intact, as the Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with their 2 arbitration eligible players: Jacoby Ellsbury and Jonathan Papelbon.

    If these was ever a year that I thought that perhaps there would be a hearing, it was this year. Jacoby is a Boras boy, and he always wants some ridiculous amount of money. And then there is Papelbon, who think he is worth FAR more than his recent performance warrants–and there is the whole Daniel Bard and/or Bobby Jenks component…

    But, Theo did it again, getting Papelbon to agree to a $12 million contract for the 2011 campaign–a 22% increase from the $9.35 million he made last year–not too bad for 8 blown saves and an ERA a hair just under 4…

    Of course, this is more than likely the last hurrah for Papelbon anyway–he can become a free agent in November, and will be going to the highest bidder–provided he can turn his steady decline around and become one of those premier closers he thinks he is…

    Jacoby Ellsbury did ever better for himself, signing a $2.4 million, 1 year deal for 2011. A 79% increase for the player who only made it into 18 games last year. Probably don’t need to get into the whole retelling of last year’s injury plagued drama…I think this bump, which also includes $50K bonuses for 600 and 700 plate appearances, was more of a reflection of his past performance, such as the 70 stolen bases in 2009, and his career .291 batting average. Let’s hope he returns to that excellence this year…

    I know this is old news, but can I tell you now HAPPY I am that Matt Garza is going to the Cubs? Not only am I glad the Sox will not have to face him on the mound on a regular basis (maybe once, as the Sox only play the Cubs for 3 this year during interleague play) But I will not have to look at Elmo, his ridiculous chin hair, anymore…yay!

    And speaking of ridiculous, The Milwaukee Brewers, rather than go to arbitration with Price Fielder, opted to sign him to a 1 year deal–worth $15.5 million dollars. Which is now the record deal, as far as 1 year arbitration deals go… The previous record? $12.5 million given to Mark Toxemia by Atlanta in 2008…And, in case you were wondering, Fielder made $10.5 million in 2010…

    Coming up: The 72nd annual Boston Baseball Writers dinner is tomorrow night at The Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, with an impressive lineup of both Sox and Non-Sox baseball folks garnering awards for their performances in 2010. Some of the award recipients:

    Manager of the Year: Ranger’s skipper Ron Washington

    Tony Conigliaro Award: Tigers Joaquin Benoit

    The Fuchs Award, for long and meritorious service to the game: Larry Lucchino

    Red Sox’ Unsung Hero Award: Bill Hall, Red Sox

    Red Sox’ Good Guy Award: Scott Atchinson, Red Sox

    If you are still interested in going, tickets are $150 each, and will be available at the door. Oh, how I wish I lived closer…

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