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Jacoby Ellsbury signs 1-year, $9 million deal

Jacoby Ellsbury

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Jacoby Ellsbury.

The Red Sox signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a one-year, $9 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration.

The amount was more than the projections for Ellsbury, who made $8.05 million in 2012. Ellsbury played in 78 games, hitting .271 with four home runs and 14 stolen bases.

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Ellsbury has signed three consecutive one-year contracts since becoming eligible for arbitration. He will be eligible for free agency after the coming season and seems sure to enter the market with Scott Boras as his agent.

Joel Hanrahan also agreed to a one-year deal worth $7.04 million.

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 The Red Sox have six more unsigned arbitration-eligible players: Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey, Daniel Bard, Craig Breslow, Andrew Miller, and Franklin Morales.

It is possible that some of those players have agreed to terms. Unsigned players will exchange arbitration figures with their teams by Friday. If contracts cannot be agreed on, hearings start Feb. 1 in Phoenix.

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