Pitcher Robbie Ross Jr. and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million contract and avoided salary arbitration.
Ross, who starred in high school at Lexington Christian, can earn a $25,000 performance bonus under Friday’s agreement, either for 60 games or 60 innings.
A 26-year-old left-hander, Ross was 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA and six saves in 54 relief appearances last year, when he earned $566,500.
Over four seasons in the majors with the Texas Rangers and Red Sox, Ross owns a 3.95 ERA, including a 3.45 mark in 192 relief appearances.
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His best season was as a rookie with the Rangers when he was 6-0 with a 2.22 ERA in 65 innings.
He was Boston’s last player in arbitration.