Wednesday’s 8 p.m. non-tender deadline appears to be a quiet one for the Red Sox. According to multiple reports and industry sources, the club is not planning to non-tender any of its six arbitration-eligible players and has agreed to one-year contracts with five of them.
Pitchers Eduardo Rodriguez ($8.3 million), Matt Barnes ($4.5 million), Ryan Brasier ($1.25 million) and Austin Brice ($870,000) agreed to contracts, as did catcher Kevin Plawecki ($1.6 million). Third baseman Rafael Devers did not come to terms with the Red Sox but will be tendered a deal, meaning he remains under team control and now has until Jan. 15 to agree to a salary to avoid arbitration.
Entering Wednesday, there was a chance the Red Sox would look to cut costs by non-tendering a player or two, with Barnes, Brasier, Brice and Plawecki among the candidates to be cut on an unprecedentedly active non-tender market. Instead, Boston has decided to keep all six.
The Red Sox entered the winter with seven arbitration-eligible players but cut one — righty Ryan Weber — by designating him for assignment last month. He ended up clearing waivers and was outrighted to the minors, meaning he remains in the organization.
In total, the Red Sox committed more than $16.5 million to the five players they signed and will continue negotiating with Devers.
ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE RED SOX (6):
RHP Matt Barnes — agreed to $4.5 million salary for 2021
Barnes has agreed to…