Sox, Bard strike deal to avoid arbitration

January, 21, 2012
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The Boston Red Sox announced Saturday that they reached agreement with RHP Daniel Bard on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract -- meaning the sides won't have to go to arbitration.

Terms were not disclosed, but a major league source told ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes that the deal is for $1.6125 million -- the exact midpoint of the numbers the Sox and Bard's agent exchanged.

The move also means the Sox have reduced their potential arbitration cases to three: DH David Ortiz, and pitchers Andrew Bailey and Alfredo Aceves.

The Sox haven't gone to arbitration since 2002, but GM Ben Cherington said recently that they wouldn't be afraid to do so this year.

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