Red Sox avoid arbitration with 2 pitchers, still have 5 players to go

Carson Smith and Steven Wright agreed to one-year contracts


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Boston pitchers Carson Smith and Steven Wright, both coming off injuries, agreed to one-year contracts with the Red Sox that avoided salary arbitration.

Wright gets a non-guaranteed salary of $1.1 million under the deal announced Monday and Smith receives $850,000.

Smith missed most of the past two seasons while recovering from an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. Since he was acquired by the Red Sox, the reliever has appeared in eleven games over two years.

In those outings, he put up a 1.35 ERA and had an appearance in the postseason against the Astros.

His role could grow in 2018, as a posible setup-man to Craig Kimbrel.

An All-Star in 2016, Wright made just five starts last season. The knuckleballer had left knee surgery in May.

Ten Boston players remain eligible for arbitration, including shortstop Xander Bogaerts, outfielders Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr., and pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez. Players and teams are scheduled to swap proposed salaries Friday.