Abad, Red Sox head to ar­bi­tra­tion

Pawtucket Times - - SPORTS -

ST. PETERS­BURG, Fla. (AP) — The Bos­ton Red Sox have gone to ar­bi­tra­tion with left-han­der Fer­nando Abad, Ma­jor League Base­ball's first hear­ing this year and the team's first since 2002.

Abad asked ar­bi­tra­tors Robert Her­zog, Phillip LaPorte and Den­nis Archer for a raise from $1.3 mil­lion to $2.7 mil­lion, and the team ar­gued dur­ing Mon­day's ses­sion that he should be paid $2 mil­lion. A de­ci­sion is ex­pected Tues­day.

The 31-year-old Abad was 1-6 with a 3.66 ERA last year in 57 re­lief ap­pear­ances for Min­nesota and Bos­ton, which ac­quired him on Aug. 1 for right-han­der Pat Light. Abad was 0-2 with a 6.39 ERA in 18 games for the Red Sox.

He can be­come a free agent af­ter this sea­son.

Bos­ton's pre­vi­ous hear­ing was when pitcher Rolando Ar­rojo was awarded the team's $1.9 mil­lion of­fer in­stead of his $2.8 mil­lion re­quest.

Twenty-one other play­ers re­main sched­uled for hear­ings, which run through Feb. 17.

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