Tuesday was the deadline for arbitration eligible players to file, and the Boston Red Sox had five players do just that. Two of them were recently acquired via trade, Burke Badenhop and Jonathan Herrera, two played large roles in the World Series championship run, Mike Carp and Junichi Tazawa, and one is a player coming off injury, Andrew Miller.
The Red Sox have not actually gone to arbitration and had an arbiter determine the contract of a single player since 2002. Instead, they have always managed to come to an agreement beforehand. Expect that to be the case again this year, but it won’t be cheap. According to MLB Trade Rumors, the expected cost of the five players will come in around $7.6 million. The least expensive projection actually comes on one of the most important pieces that filed, Tazawa, expected to make just $1.1 million.
Tazawa is not eligible for free agency until 2017, but it could be worth negotiating a multi-year deal to keep him in the low to mid $1 million range for the duration of his time in Boston. Badenhop is expected to make just over $2 million while Miller will come in just under that number.
The interesting guy is Herrera. The Red Sox just acquired him from the Colorado Rockies for Franklin Morales, and he could serve as the second most important player of the five eligible for arbitration. If the Red Sox do not sign Stephen Drew — which they won’t be able to without surpassing the luxury tax threshold unless they deal a veteran starting pitcher — Herrera will be the primary utility infielder. He will spell Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks to serve as a full-time guy should any of those three spend time on the DL.