Source: Dan Wheeler, Red Sox Agree to 1-Year, $3 Million Deal
Wheeler, who passed a physical on Friday, will receive $3 million from the Red Sox in 2011, according to a source. His 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.
The Red Sox also agreed to not offer him arbitration if he qualifies as a Type A free agent after the season, while Wheeler has agreed to decline an arbitration offer from the club should he wind up as a Type B free agent.
The right-hander, who turned 33 eight days ago, posted a 3.35 ERA in 64 appearances for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010. Wheeler, a Rhode Island native, joins a Boston bullpen that has been reshaped over the last few days. The Red Sox have added former White Sox closer Bobby Jenks along with Andrew Miller, Lenny DiNardo and Matt Albers to the mix.
Even with closer Jonathan Papelbon and setup man Daniel Bard, getting outs late in games was a problem for Boston this past year. Its 4.24 bullpen ERA was the third-worst in the American League in 2010.