Red Sox, Tavarez agree to two-year, $6.7 million deal

BOSTON -- Julian Tavarez and the Red Sox reached a
preliminary agreement Wednesday on a $6.7 million, two-year
contract as Boston added another newcomer to its rebuilt bullpen.

The reliever must pass a physical for the deal to be finalized,
a person familiar with the negotiations said, speaking on condition
of anonymity because Boston has not yet announced the agreement.
The physical is likely to take place Thursday.

Tavarez, a 32-year-old right-hander, gets a $500,000 signing
bonus and salaries of $3.1 million in each of the next two seasons.
The agreement also includes a club option for 2008 of $3.85
million. That option would become guaranteed if Tavarez appears in
a total of 125 games in the next two seasons or 65 games in 2007.