BoSox, Donnelly avoid arbitration with one-year deal

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox avoided arbitration with
right-hander Brendan Donnelly on Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year,
$1.4 million contract.

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The deal also calls for bonuses of $25,000 each if finishes 25
games or 30 games.

Donnelly, who made $950,000 last season, sought $1.65 million
and the Red Sox offered $1.15 million. The 35-year-old reliever was
acquired last month from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for
rookie left-hander Phil Seibel.

Donnelly was 6-0 with a 3.94 ERA in 62 games last season, going
5-0 with a 3.52 ERA in 29 games after the All-Star break and
holding opponents scoreless in 19 of his last 21 appearances.

His best year was 2003, when he allowed only two earned runs in
his first 50 innings and was the winning pitcher in the AL's 7-6
victory over the NL in the All-Star game. He finished the season
with a 1.58 ERA and a career-high three saves.