The Red Sox wrapped up two more players as they try to avoid as many arbitration cases as possible this winter. Star centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury agreed to a one year deal worth $8.05M , up significantly from his first arbitration year deal of $2.25M last year. The deal is a record for the highest second year arbitration deal. The 27 year old finished second in MVP voting after a monster 2011 season that saw him hit 32 home runs, steal 48 bases and hit .321/.376/.552 while playing excellent defense in centerfield.
Utility infielder, Mike Aviles, also settled on a one year deal in lieu of arbitration. Aviles will earn $1.2M in 2012, up from the $640,000 he got for his first arbitration year. Aviles will be a backup option at short stop, second base, third base and in the outfield this coming season and he may also platoon with the newly acquired Ryan Sweeney in right field, giving Boston a right handed hitter to pair with Sweeney in addition to Darnell MacDonald.
Boston still has David Ortiz, Andrew Bailey, Daniel Bard, and Alfredo Aceves eligible for arbitration so we can expect more deals to be announced today or tomorrow.