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David Ortiz, Red Sox set for an arbitration hearing today

Feb 13, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

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UPDATE:  They settled. Read the details here.

Barring an 11th hour settlement — and those often happen in these cases — The Red Sox and DH David Ortiz are set to have an arbitration hearing today. If the thing goes off as scheduled, it will be the Red Sox’ first hearing in ten years.

As previously reported, The Red Sox offered $12.65 million. Ortiz countered with $16.5 million.  You never can be totally sure how these things will go but, with the knowledge that salaries tend to rise in arbitration, not stay static, the Red Sox’ offer seems kind of low.  Ortiz made $12.5 million last year and then put together his best season in four years, posting a .309/.398/.554 line.

One would think that’s worth more than a $150,000 raise. And since an arbitration panel has to choose one number or the other — they can’t split the difference themselves — one would think that, if the sides don’t settle for $14 million or so that they’d go with Ortiz’s submission.

But, to use one of the most hackneyed phrases in all of writing … only time will tell.

  1. randygnyc - Feb 13, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    $16.5M seems like a no brainer. Why would the sox let this get to this hearing after the numbers he put up and his salary earned, last year? Seems to me that they resent he accepted arbitration, knowing the sox were going to cut him loose. They may have been resigned to having to pay up for him and this is there last shot to stick it to him and get even at the hearing. Regardless, he could win the MVP this year and I’d bet there’s no chance he plays for them next year. A burned bridge. Bad feelings. Could have aftershocks in that locker room this season.

  2. hushbrother - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Randygnyc, it’s good to know you have intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the Red Sox’ front office and of David Ortiz’ mind. Clearly the Red Sox resent David Ortiz and want to stick it to him in arbitration. After all, the front office always lets personal feelings dictate its moves.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    How about $20 and a case of “no questions asked” HGH? I think that should settle it.

  4. shaggylocks - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    How much do you want to bet that Roy Oswalt signs today or tomorrow? I have a feeling he’s waiting to see if the Sox will have money to spend on him after this hearing.

  5. crispybasil - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Olney: Sources: There is a settlement in the David Ortiz case, for the midpoint of $14.575 m. He had wanted 16.5m, club had offered 12.65m

  6. professor30 - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    they will settle at 14.575 before the hearing.

  7. uyf1950 - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM


    The 2 parties have settled at the midway point.

    Red Sox, David Ortiz Settle At Midpoint
    By Tim Dierkes [February 13 at 9:28am CST]
    Hours before today’s arbitration hearing, the Red Sox and designated hitter David Ortiz settled at the midpoint for $14.575MM, tweets ESPN’s Buster Olney.

    • skeleteeth - Feb 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM


  8. buffalomafia - Feb 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Now the Red Sox will release him to make room for another pitcher & then be picked up by the Yankees to solve there DH problem?

  9. uyf1950 - Feb 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    For inquiring minds. Should anyone be interested that will put the Red Sox 2012 payroll for MLB Luxury Tax purposes at just about $182.1MM +/-. That’s assuming they do NOT have any other signings, none.

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