Red Sox Keep Piling On And Sign Reliever Dan Wheeler

An article by posted on December 18, 2010

The Red Sox have agreed to terms with former Rays reliever Dan Wheeler, according to Gordon Edes of the Boston Globe.

He will receive $3 million from the Red Sox in 2011, but the deal also includes a vesting option for 2012 worth $3 million if he appears in 65 games next season and $3.25 million if he appears in 75 games.

Wheeler, 33, posted a 3.35 ERA in 64 appearances for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010. He joins a Boston bullpen that has been bolstered for a division title chase this offseason as they have already added former White Sox closer Bobby Jenks along with a few other arms in Andrew Miller, Lenny DiNardo and Matt Albers to the mix.

Although Wheeler was a Type-A free agent, the Rays did not offer him arbitration so they will not receive any draft pick compensation.

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