The Red Sox have avoided arbitration with reliever Junichi Tazawa, first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp, and infielder Jonathan Herrera, WEEI’s Alex Speier reports. All three deals are non-guaranteed.
Tazawa, in his first year of arbitration eligibility, will take home $1.275 million on a one-year deal. He finished 2013 with a 3.16 ERA and a six-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio in 68 1/3 innings pitching mostly in the seventh and eighth innings.
Carp, eligible for arbitration for the second time, will receive $1.4 million. He wrapped up 2013 with an .885 OPS having faced right-handed pitching in over 88 percent of his 243 plate appearances.
Herrera, also eligible for arbitration for the second time, will earn $1.3 million. The Red Sox acquired Herrera from the Rockies last month in exchange for reliever Franklin Morales and minor leaguer Chris Martin.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.