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David Ortiz arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday

Feb 8, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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According to’s Alex Speier, an arbitration hearing for the Red Sox and designated hitter David Ortiz has been scheduled for Monday.

Ortiz requested a salary of $16.5 million and was offered $12.65 million by the Boston front office when arbitration numbers were exchanged in mid-January.

The two sides have not been able to find a middle ground over the past three weeks, and only have a handful of days left to do so before independent arbitrators are asked to pick one of the two figures.

Ortiz, 36, batted .309/.398/.554 with 29 homers and 96 RBI in 605 plate appearances last season. He could have chosen free agency this winter, but instead opted to accept the Red Sox’ offer of salary arbitration.

  1. buffalomafia - Feb 8, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Ortiz to the Yanks?

  2. 13yrsmlbvet - Feb 8, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Papi should take this all the way through and get every dime he can from that team. Henry and Lucchino gotta know this guy puts people in the seats. Screw Cherington, go get your paper, David.

    • hammyofdoom - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      Lord forbid a team who’s pressed for cash try to save some money to get a starting pitcher. I think as much as anyone that David Ortiz deserves to get paid, but if its the difference between the Red Sox not getting Oswalt and them getting him, I’m more than all for him getting 12.5 million

    • Dave Barker - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      I don’t know, his babip the last two years was above his career average, so he might be due for regression to more modest production. Slightly more than 2 WAR? Which would make even the Sox offer slightly generous.

  3. bloodysock - Feb 8, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    If Ortiz wins, it probably also settles where Oswalt lands since it seems unlikely the Red Sox would have the payroll room if Ortiz gets the additional $3.85 million over the team’s figure.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    I’m hoping he wins big and then gets caught with his “Dominican Milkshakes” again.

    • aceshigh11 - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:20 AM

      C’mon, man…you’re not even making it interesting anymore. Try to find something else to obsess over.

      • deathmonkey41 - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM

        No until that cheating, no integrity, whiner either comes out and admits that he cheated or gets caught once and for all. Both are unlikely because A.) He has no intergrity and B.) ESPN won’t allow Bud Selig to name any big name Boston stars…at least until they leave (I.e. ManRam, Mo Vaughn, Roger Clemens, etc…)

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    Arbitrator’s ruling: $12.65 million and Cherington has to throw in a box of donuts every month.

  6. uyf1950 - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    I still think that there will be a settlement between the 2 parties just before the deadline at about $14MM for the 2012 season. I honestly think both parties may be to concerned about losing to let this go all the way to the arbitrator. But if it does go that far I believe Ortiz stands a better than 50% chance of winning.

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