Reliever Craig Breslow and the Red Sox have reached an agreement on a multiyear contract to avoid arbitration, according to a report on Yahoo Sports. The Red Sox have yet to confirm the deal, which would wrap up their arbitration cases for the winter. The deal was first reported on a tweet from Yahoo's Tim Brown, who said Breslow agreed to a two-year contract worth $6.5 million with an option for a third year that would bring the total package to $10.5 million, all pending a physical.
Breslow, a 32-year-old left-hander, pitched in 63 games last season, 40 with the D-backs, before being traded to the Red Sox. In his 23 outings for Boston, he posted a 2.70 ERA -- the same ERA he had with Arizona. Breslow graduated in 2002 from Yale University with degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, and was drafted in the 26th round by the Brewers. Since, he has pitched in seven different organizations, solidifying his Major League status with three straight years of 60-plus appearances with the A's from 2009-11.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.