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Papelbon Agrees to One-Year Deal

Closer Jonathan Papelbon and the Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $775,000 contract Thursday, nearly doubling his salary.

Papelbon was among 18 Red Sox players who agreed to one- year deals, putting Boston's entire 40-man major league roster under contract.

Papelbon earned $425,550 last season, when he had 37 saves in 40 chances and a 1.85 ERA, then saved three of the four World Series games against the Rockies. He will be eligible for arbitration after the season.

Among the other players who agreed to contracts were American League Rookie of the Year Dustin Pedroia, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury ($406,000 in majors, $62,500 in minors) and pitcher Jon Lester.

This program aired on March 7, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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