Two down, one to go.

Junichi Tazawa

Junichi Tazawa

Two down, one to go.

The Red Sox find themselves just one Robbie Ross Jr. contract agreement from extending their streak of not having to participate in an arbitration hearing to 14 years. (The last time they had to experience such an endeavor was prior to the 2002 season, when Rolando Arrojo lost his case, ending up at the club’s figure of $1.9 million.)

The latest settlement to get done is Junichi Tazawa, who agreed to a one-year, $3.375 million deal with the Red Sox Wednesday. It was the reliever’s third year of arbitration eligibility. Tazawa had filed with an arbitration figure of $4.15 million, with the Red Sox countering at $2.7 million.

Tazawa is expected to once again be counted on for late-inning relief, joining Koji Uehara, Carson Smith and Craig Kimbrel as the group being counted on for high-leverage, late-inning outs.

The 29 year old slumped badly in the second half of the 2015 season, ultimately being shut down for the season’s final three weeks. Tazawa posted a 2.58 ERA and .215 batting average against prior to the All-Star break, while managing just a 7.08 ERA and .386 BAA after.

The Red Sox already agreed to terms with Joe Kelly, who avoided the arbitration process by agreeing to a one-year, $2.6 million deal in his first year of eligibility.

Ross Jr. remains the only arbitration-eligible member of the Red Sox to still not agree to terms.

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Rob Bradford
The guys discuss Red Sox Winter Weekend, Yoenis Cespedes, Hanley Ramirez, and Rob talks to Dustin Pedroia as we draw closer to spring training.
The guys discuss Red Sox Winter Weekend, Yoenis Cespedes, Hanley Ramirez, and Rob talks to Dustin Pedroia as we draw closer to spring training.

According to a major league source, the Red Sox and pitcher Joe Kelly have agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million agreement for 2016, avoiding arbitration.

According to a major league source, the Red Sox and pitcher Joe Kelly have agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million agreement for 2016, avoiding arbitration.

It was the first year of arbitration eligibility for Kelly, who went 10-6 with a 4.82 ERA in 2015. The 27-year-old righty went on an eight-start stretch in which he went 8-0 with a 2.59 ERA before being shut down for the final three weeks of the season with an elbow issue.

Kelly is slated to be part of a starting rotation that includes David Price, Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz and Eduardo Rodriguez.

The other two Red Sox who remain arbitration eligible are relievers Robbie Ross Jr. and Junichi Tazawa.

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Rob Bradford

We have gotten snippets of Hanley Ramirez‘s progress in his quest to come into spring training as a better overall athlete.

There was a complimentary Instragram photo early in the offseason, an appearance at David Ortiz’s Celebrity Golf Classic, and, most recently, a picture at the gym posing with manager John Farrell, first base coach Ruben Amaro and others.

Now comes video proof that … well, that Ramirez’s vertical leap shouldn’t be a problem.

(It should be noted, the last time the Red Sox tested vertical leap in spring training came in 2012, when Ryan Sweeney took first-place. Unfortunately there was a casualty in the competition, with Andrew Bailey hurting his lat muscle during the endeavor.)

(H/T Jared Carrabis)

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Rob Bradford

Former big leaguer Greg Norton will replace Tim Hyers as Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator, one of a flurry of personnel moves in the minor leagues announced by the Red Sox on Thursday.

Former big leaguer Greg Norton will replace Tim Hyers as Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator, one of a flurry of personnel moves in the minor leagues announced by the Red Sox on Thursday.

Norton, who spent 13 years in the big leagues with six teams from 1996-2009, arrives from Auburn University, where he served as hitting coach from 2013-15. He began his coaching career with the Marlins in 2010.

He replaces Hyers, who joined the Dodgers and new manager Dave Roberts as an assistant hitting coach.

Billy McMillon takes over as minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator. McMillon managed the last two seasons in Double-A Portland, earning Eastern League Manager of the Year honors in 2014. This is his seventh season in the organization.

Brandon Henry has been promoted to minor league athletic training coordinator, Edgar Barreto will serve as strength and conditioning coordinator, and David Herrera has been promoted to Latin America medical coordinator.

The Red Sox also announced their field staffs for each level of the minors.

Triple-A Pawtucket: Manager Kevin Boles, pitching coach Bob Kipper, hitting coach Rich Gedman, coach Bruce Crabbe.

Double-A Portland: Manager Carlos Febles, pitching coach Kevin Walker, hitting coach Jon Nunnally.

High-A Salem: Manager Joe Oliver, pitching coach Paul Abbott, hitting coach Nelson Paulino.

Low-A Greenville: Manager Darren Fenster, pitching coach Walter Miranda, hitting coach Lee May Jr.

Short-season Lowell: Manager Iggy Suarez, pitching coach Lance Carter, hitting coach Wilton Veras

Rookie Gulf Coast League: Manager Tom Kotchman, pitching coach Dick Such, hitting coach Junior Zamora, coach Dave Tomlin

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John Tomase

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