Thursday, January 12, 2006

Red Sox Sign Graffanino and Tavarez

Graffanino signs a One-Year Contract-

Infielder Tony Graffanino agreed Wednesday to a $2.05 million, one-year contract with the
Boston Red Sox that avoids a salary arbitration hearing.

Graffanino, the Red Sox starting second baseman after being acquired from Kansas City last July 19, is expected to compete for a utility position after Boston acquired Mark Loretta from San Diego.

In 51 games with Boston last year, Graffanino hit .319 with four homers and 20 RBIs. In 110 games with the Red Sox and Royals, he hit .309 with seven homers and 38 RBIs.

Read more about the signing here.

Tavarez Agrees to a Two-Year Deal-

Julian Tavarez and the Red Sox reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday on a $6.7 million, two-year contract as Boston added another newcomer to its rebuilt bullpen.

The reliever must pass a physical for the deal to be finalized, a person familiar with the negotiations said, speaking on condition of anonymity because Boston has not yet announced the agreement. The physical is likely to take place Thursday.

Tavarez, a 32-year-old right-hander, gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $3.1 million in each of the next two seasons. The agreement also includes a club option for 2008 of $3.85 million. That option would become guaranteed if Tavarez appears in a total of 125 games in the next two seasons or 65 games in 2007.

Read more here.

Well now, the Red Sox have an over-abundance of second basemen! Way to many!

But Tavarez is a good catch for Boston. They were baseball's worst bullpen last year and Tavarez, if he's healthy, will give them some help.


  • Wow! a lot going on! I don't know much about Taveraz...but Graffinino was okay last year...

    By Blogger Matt A., at 12:18 PM  

  • Yeah.... I remember him striking out in a big situation in Game 3 of the ALCS. :)

    Tavarez was a Cardinal last year. Cardinal's set-up man.

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