Papelbon, three others file for arbitration

This year, four Red Sox are eligible for arbitration. The big name is closer Jonathan Papelbon while Manny Delcarmen, Ramon Ramirez (the original one) and Jeremy Hermida round out the other three. (Hideki Okajima recently avoided arbitration, signing for $2.75 million, a raise of $1 million from his 2009 salary.)

This year, four Red Sox are eligible for arbitration. The big name is closer Jonathan Papelbon while Manny Delcarmen, Ramon Ramirez (the original one) and Jeremy Hermida round out the other three. (Hideki Okajima recently avoided arbitration, signing for $2.75 million, a raise of $1 million from his 2009 salary.)

Tim Lincecum is the star of the entire arbitration process and all eyes will be on him to see if he can beat the record for an arbitration award, set by Ryan Howard of the Phillies. Howard snagged $10 million in arbitration, while Lincecum could see that offer set as the base by the team, never mind the high point.

Papelbon will not get $10 million in arbitration. It’s not going to happen. He was awarded $6.25 million after avoiding arbitration. My guess is that the Sox will feel he’s worth around $7.5 million via the arbitration process, whereas Papelbon will request $9 million and the middle point will be $8 million. I doubt that Theo will allow the process to get before a judge.

How about the other three?

This is Delcarmen’s first year of arbitration but is coming off a tough year. I wouldn’t rule out agreeing to a deal around or just under $1 million, especially in the first year of arbitration. In Baseball-Reference.com’s similar pitchers list, Manny Corpas shows up. Corpas inked a deal immediately after his rookie season so the salary is a bit skewed, but he has similar service time and is set to make $2.75 million in 2010, this after a 2009 salary of $750,000.

Ramirez had a solid season for Boston, essentially proving himself as a late-inning option that struggles against lefties. This is also his first year of arbitration eligibility, and I would be surprised if he settled for less than Delcarmen.

Hermida is entering his second year of arbitration after making $2.25 million. Hermida should see a slight raise, but not significant. I would say $3 million is a solid benchmark.

Read more about what arbitration is and the Red Sox’s history in it right here.

Categories: Hideki Okajima Jeremy Hermida Jonathan Papelbon Manny Corpas Manny Delcarmen Quick Post Ramon Ramirez

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  1. Gerry January 16, 2010 at 1:51 PM #

    Your estimates seem on target. Interesting that John Farrell discussed how Pap tweaked his mechanics in the August, and the numbers greatly improved. I had originally heard that Pap adjusted his deiivery in the first half to take pressure off his shoulder and insure a long career. Did he go back to his old delivery in August? Either way, adjusting his mechanics while delivering 38SV and vastly improving his stats in September probably means a hefty raise, despite the BB/K ratio, instead of a marginal one based on his early season work.

    • evanbrunell January 16, 2010 at 2:04 PM #

      He tweaked his delivery in spring training to yes, take pressure off his shoulder. In August, he tweaked them again — not to the extreme of going back to what he used to do, from what I've heard, but he incorporated more of his previous mechanics that he had drifted away from. Now that he's focusing on secondary pitches as well, I'm optimistic.

  2. E_Rock January 16, 2010 at 6:30 PM #

    i'd love nothing more than to see Pap revisit his splitter. that pitch can be so effective, and with how it looks so similar to his fastball, the element of deception would be there. i certainly hope these "tweaks" you speak of aren't just code for doing things the way he used to. i'm for using legs to preserve the shoulder also, that's a big reason why i'm not so high on Bowden.

    • Gerry January 16, 2010 at 8:36 PM #

      You've said that before re: Bowden. I wonder why none of his coaches have helped him alter his approach, or why they aren't as worried. I also wonder if that is why the official Depth Chart has him at #6 in the Pen. My mind is replaying his comments about how psyched he was about relieving, and how much he loves it (this after striking out the side), but this would be a bad time to reduce his value from #4-5 starter to # 6-7RP. But might he have already done a Papelbon?

      The logistics of this Pen is interesting. I wonder if Wake will start the season on the DL, and two of Bonser/Richardson/Cabrera & whoever has a MLB deal, take #6 & 7 slots. That would work well for the Sox in terms of hanging onto potential RP such as Bonser, and for Wake to be perfectly healthy long into the season. 22 pitchers last year. Gotta keep as many good ones as possible.

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