Dan Wheeler Declines Salary Arbitration, Red Sox Will ‘Keep the Door Open’ With Reliever


DALLAS –– Dan Wheeler has declined salary arbitration, Red Sox general manger Ben Cherington confirmed Wednesday.

In his first season with Boston, the right-handed hurler went 2-2 and recorded a 4.38 ERA. If he signs with another team, the Red Sox will receive a draft pick as compensation for Wheeler.

The reliever could have received at least $2.5 million in 2012 if he accepted the arbitration. Even with the decision, Cherington hasn't nixed the possibility of re-signing Wheeler, 33.

"We've had a couple conversations, we'll keep the door open," Cherington said. "But we haven’t talked about anything substantive just yet."

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