01/20/2004 2:27 PM ET
Sox agree to terms with Kim, Nixon
BOSTON, MA -- The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with outfielder Trot
Nixon on a one-year contract and right-handed pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim on a
two-year deal, avoiding salary arbitration with both players. Nixon had one
year of arbitration remaining (2004); Kim had two (2004-2005). The club
also exchanged arbitration numbers with designated hitter/first baseman
David Ortiz. Senior Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein made the
announcement. Terms were not disclosed.
Nixon, who has been in the Red Sox organization longer than any player
currently on the roster, has batted .277 with 106 homers and 381 RBI in 696
career games. The 29-year-old, who was drafted in the first round (10th
overall) in 1993, posted career bests with a .306 batting average and 28
home runs in 2003. Including 87 RBI last season, Nixon has averaged better
than 26 home runs and 89 RBI the last three years.
In 2003, he ranked among A.L. leaders in slugging percentage (fifth at .578)
and on-base percentage (tied for seventh at .396). His ratio of one RBI
every 5.1 at-bats was tied for sixth-best in the league, while his average
of a homer every 15.8 at-bats ranked eighth.
Acquired from Arizona May 29, 2003, Kim is 29-27 with 86 saves and a 3.24
ERA in 292 career appearances (13 starts) for the Diamondbacks and Red Sox.
The native of South Korea, who turns 25 tomorrow, went 8-5 with 16 saves in
19 chances and a 3.18 ERA in 49 games (five starts) after being acquired by
the Red Sox last season. He went 6-4 with 16 saves and a 2.28 ERA (12
ER/47.1 IP) in 42 outings after being named Boston's closer July 1 and did
not allow an earned run in his final 13 regular season appearances.
A National League All-Star in 2002, Kim has averaged 10.0 strikeouts per
nine innings in his big league career, fanning 449 in 402.1 innings.