Red Sox have decisions to make on arbitration-eligible players

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Monday is the deadline for teams to offer contracts to players eligible for salary arbitration. Any player not tendered a contract would become a free agent.

For the Red Sox, that means decisions on six players, five of them relief pitchers.

Righthander Andrew Bailey will be offered a contract, according to a report by the New York Post on Sunday. That comes as a bit of a surprise. Bailey has a 4.91 earned run average and 1.455 WHIP over two seasons in Boston and has pitched in only 49 games because of various injuries.

Bailey underwent extensive shoulder surgery in July and is not expected to return until midway through the 2014 season. Based on his service time and previous accomplishments, Bailey would command a one-year contract worth approximately $4.3 million.

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