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Red Sox avoid arbitration with Steven Wright

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that right-hander Steven Wright has settled for a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Red Sox, effectively avoiding arbitration. The team has yet to confirm the settlement.

Wright, 33, made it through just five starts before a left knee sprain cut his season short in April. He underwent a cartilage restoration procedure and is presumed to be out of commission until spring 2018. Prior to his injury-shortened campaign with the Red Sox in 2017, the knuckleballer put up All-Star numbers in 2016, going 13-6 in 24 starts with a 3.33 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 156 2/3 innings.

Complicating matters, of course, is Wright’s arrest on domestic assault charges last month. The case will be retired for one year, which Wright’s law firm says is “the first step toward a dismissal,” but the league can still hand down a separate punishment if they see fit to do so.

B.J. Upton is going by B.J. Upton again

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Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.

For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.

Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.