Red Sox Closer Jonathan Papelbon Files for Salary Arbitration

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Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon was among 119 major league players that filed for salary arbitration on Friday.

According to SportsIllustrated.com, players who chose arbitration, like Papelbon, expect significant salary increases, whether through deals made with the team or from case hearings scheduled to begin Feb. 1.

Last season Papelbon made $9.35 million, but had a disappointing 5-7 record with a career high 3.90 ERA. He recorded 76 strikeouts through 67 innings in 2010, while posting a career high of eight blown saves.

Players and teams are expected to exchange salary proposals on Tuesday. Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury also joins Papelbon on the arbitration list.

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