Arbitration for reliever avoided

Updated: January 17, 2004, 7:08 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox and right-handed reliever Scott Williamson agreed to terms on a one-year contract Saturday, avoiding arbitration.

The Red Sox acquired Williamson from Cincinnati in July. He went 0-1 with a 6.20 ERA in 24 relief appearances following the trade. He played a key role in the playoffs, going 2-0 with three saves and a 1.12 ERA in eight appearances, striking out 14 in eight innings.

The 27-year-old Williamson appeared in all five games of the AL division ...

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