Jonathan Papelbon has declared his $775,000 salary the standard for young pitchers everywhere.
"I'm pleased because I feel like I was able to somewhat set a precedent for pitchers to come," he said.The Boston Red Sox signed the 27-year-old righty to a one-year deal on Thursday, raising his salary from the $425,500 he made last season, when he saved 37 games with an incredible 1.85 ERA. Paps can earn an extra $25,000 if he makes the All-Star team for what would be his third straight year.
The Sox also agreed to one-year deals with 17 other unsigned players, including rookie of the year Dustin Pedroia, stud center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and talented lefty Jon Lester.
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