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According to multiple reports, the Red Sox reached an agreement (pending a physical) with left-hander Craig Breslow on a two-year deal that includes an option for a third year. Breslow, who was eligible for salary arbitration in 2013 — his final year under team control before reaching free agency, receives a guaranteed $6.25 million with the chance to earn as much as $10.15 million over three years, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, who first reported the deal (via twitter).
Breslow, 32, was re-acquired by the Sox at the trade deadline in a trade that sent right-hander Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik to the Diamondbacks. The left-hander had a 2.70 ERA, 19 strikeouts and nine walks in 23 games (20 innings) with the Sox, continuing a strong five-year run in the big leagues that commenced in 2008, when the Indians claimed him off waivers from the Sox. In that time, he’s gone 15-15 with a 3.01 ERA while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings and walking 3.4 batters per nine.
Yeah, that guy with the pretty left hand is going to be in Boston for a few more years. Eat your heart out Rex Ryan. Actually, he doesn't give a damn.
Breslow is a good choice for a middle reliever and even a set-up guy if needed. Breslow is not an over-powering pitcher and will not get the "ooo's" and "ahhhh's" as a Daniel Bard of 2011. Craig Breslow is someone that will likely give you consistency, resulting in holds.
The deal seems to be reasonable and will probably not result in any dislike from Red Sox fans. Odds are, some or many Red Sox fans didn't remember that Breslow is a member for the Red Sox.
The most important thing about the signing is the Red Sox have taken care of all the arbitration eligible players. As Aaron said yesterday, arbitration is boring and stupid, and I am glad we won't have anything dragging on as we had last year.
Related: Globe: Breslow agrees to two-year deal | Herald: Source: Craig Breslow, Red Sox agree to multiyear contract extension | CSNNE: Report: Red Sox, Breslow agree to deal
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