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David Ortiz expects arbitration hearing, not settlement, with Red Sox

Jan 20, 2012, 12:55 PM EST

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Earlier this week dozens of players agreed to one-year deals prior to the deadline to submit arbitration figures and even those who didn’t will likely end up inking deals before an actual hearing.

David Ortiz might be different, as the 36-year-old designated hitter said yesterday that he doesn’t expect to reach a compromise before going to arbitration, telling reporters at the Boston Baseball Writers dinner that “it doesn’t seem like it right now.”

Ortiz filed for $16.5 million and the Red Sox countered at $12.65 million, so a pre-hearing settlement would likely be for around $14.5 million.

Prior to Ortiz accepting the Red Sox’s arbitration tender in December he turned down a two-year, $18 million deal and he’s been pretty upfront about his unhappiness with the whole situation, but going through a hearing in which the team is basically forced to make a case against his value isn’t going to make for better feelings.

And as Rob Bradford of WEEI.com points out the Red Sox haven’t gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since 2002.

  1. bozosforall - Jan 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Take ‘em for every penny you can get, Big Sloppy.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jan 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Waaaahhhhhh, the Red Sox don’t respect me! This guy is a clown and a whiner- take away the “Dominican Milkshake” days and he’s nothing more than an average hitter.

    • bozosforall - Jan 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      A clown and a whiner? Sounds like the perfect description for every single Red Sox fan.

      • bobwsc - Jan 20, 2012 at 1:45 PM

        you two should get a room

      • bozosforall - Jan 20, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        Sounds like bobwsc is just jealous because he can’t hook up with men like the rest of his fellow male Red Sox fans do every weekend.

        Keep on trying to get your man, bob. We all know how much you have your heart set on a spring wedding in New England, where you can do it legally.

      • bobwsc - Jan 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM

        yea I guess you nailed it bozo – I can’t hook up with men. don’t really want to either…so there’s that.

      • JBerardi - Jan 20, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        “Sounds like bobwsc is just jealous because he can’t hook up with men like the rest of his fellow male Red Sox fans do every weekend.

        Keep on trying to get your man, bob. We all know how much you have your heart set on a spring wedding in New England, where you can do it legally.”

        Oh, if only Boston could be more like New York City, where there are no gay people.

      • bozosforall - Jan 20, 2012 at 6:01 PM

        bobwsc – Jan 20, 2012 at 2:37 PM
        yea I guess you nailed it bozo – I can’t hook up with men. don’t really want to either…so there’s that.

        __
        We all know that you want a boyfriend, bob. Time to step out of the closet.

      • bozosforall - Jan 20, 2012 at 6:02 PM

        JBerardi – Jan 20, 2012 at 3:39 PM
        “Sounds like bobwsc is just jealous because he can’t hook up with men like the rest of his fellow male Red Sox fans do every weekend.

        Keep on trying to get your man, bob. We all know how much you have your heart set on a spring wedding in New England, where you can do it legally.”

        Oh, if only Boston could be more like New York City, where there are no gay people.

        __
        Why would I care? I don’t live there.

      • JBerardi - Jan 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM

        But how can you support a team that calls NYC–one of the world’s great hot-beds of gayness–it’s home?

        For that matter, I assume you don’t support the United States Armed Forces, either… what with all those gays openly serving in them now.

        The whole idea of using homosexuality as some kind of insult just doesn’t make any sense unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 40+ years. They’re here, they’re queer, and except for a few retrograde assholes like you, we’ve been used to it for decades now.

    • Ari Collins - Jan 20, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Umm. You’re aware he was one of the very best hitters in baseball last year, right? And was well above-average two of the previous three years?

      Can’t argue that he’s not a whiner, though.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jan 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    I hope the truth comes out about this guy- just like it did with Manny Ramirez.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 20, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      It did. He’s already been caught.

      • bozosforall - Jan 20, 2012 at 6:03 PM

        That’s correct…he was confirmed as having been on the list of 104 compiled in 2003. His continued and pathetic denials fall on deaf ears.

  4. randygnyc - Jan 20, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Come on Henry!! Pony up 5 years for 100 million AND the rim job you promised him in 2009.

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