The Boston Red Sox agreed to terms with right-handers Carson Smith and Steven Wright on one-year, non-guaranteed contracts for the 2018 season to avoid salary arbitration.
The financial terms of the contracts were not disclosed, but Smith’s contract reportedly is for $850,000 and Wright will earn $1.1 million in 2018.
Smith, 28, returned from Tommy John surgery in 2017, allowing only one earned run in eight regular-season relief outings with the Red Sox, finishing with a 1.35 ERA over 6 2/3 innings. He also made his postseason debut with two scoreless appearances against the Houston Astros in the American League Division Series.
Smith missed the majority of the 2016 season, making just three major league appearances before undergoing surgery on May 24. In 90 major league outings since being selected by the Seattle Mariners in the eighth round of the 2011 draft, he is 3-5 with a 1.95 ERA over 87 2/3 innings, and has 14 saves, a 1.00 WHIP, and 11.40 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
Wright, 33, made five starts for the Red Sox in 2017 before undergoing season-ending left knee surgery on May 8. The knuckleballer made his first career All-Star team in 2016, finishing the season with a 13-6 record, a 3.33 ERA over 156 2/3 innings, and four complete games in 24 starts. Since his 2013 major league debut, he has made 40 starts and 15 relief appearances for the Red Sox, going 21-14 with a 3.97 ERA over 287 2/3 innings.
Wright was selected by Cleveland in the second round of the 2006 draft before being acquired by Boston at the non-waiver trade deadline in 2012.
There are 10 remaining unsigned Red Sox players eligible for salary arbitration: infielder Brock Holt, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, catchers Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez, outfielders Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr., and pitchers Joe Kelly, Drew Pomeranz, Eduardo Rodriguez and Brandon Workman.
–Field Level Media