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David Ortiz accepts arbitration, stays in Boston

Posted on: December 6, 2011 7:46 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 3:42 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


DALLAS -- All-Star designated hitter David Ortiz will remain with the Red Sox. The Red Sox offered him arbitration back in November, which was a no-brainer considering that meant they would receive draft pick compensation if he signed elsewhere. But that didn't happen, as Ortiz has accepted arbitration.

Ortiz was said to be seeking a multi-year offer, but instead will now accept a one-year deal. He made $12.5 million last year, so a modest raise should be expected. It's pretty unlikely he'd get a two or three year deal with a per-season average of more than he made last season, so his 2012 salary benefits. It's past that which is the question now.

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The market for Ortiz had completely dried up, to the point that he didn't have much choice but to return to the Red Sox. There weren't many, if any, teams seeking a full-time DH. Since that meant Ortiz had lost any leverage he once had, the best idea was to accept arbitration.

Ortiz, 36, hit .309/.398/.554 with 29 homers, 40 doubles, 96 RBI and 84 runs last season. He may be aging, but that 154 OPS-plus is outstanding.

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Comments

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:59 pm
 

David Ortiz accepts arbitration, stays in Boston

OUTSTANDING! Love that David Ortiz! One more time David... carry the team on your back and win it all my friend! Awesome news!



Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:35 pm
 

David Ortiz accepts arbitration, stays in Boston

I think Dubrow would spell "Ramirez" correctly.



Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Reports: Ortiz to accept arbitration

Big Papi stayin at home with the Redsox.




Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Reports: Ortiz to accept arbitration

As a Sox fan, I love that he accepted arbitration.  He basically has to play 2012 again as a contract year.  you know how all these guys over-perform when money is on the line.  If he sucks this year, he's done with the Sox.  If he hits 30 HRs and 100RBIs (very do-able), he'll get himself yet another one year deal in 2013.

Go Papi!



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:49 am
 

Reports: Ortiz to accept arbitration

Good Deal!!! I'm so happy big papi is staying put this year. I wasn't looking forward to seeing him leave. I was hoping he wouldn't end up in New York or Tampa. Thanks David' When I think of the Redsox, I think of this guy. He's a great person, and has a very big HEART!!!!!!! He truley loves the game.. And thats great for baseball......



Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:43 am
 

Reports: Ortiz to accept arbitration

I'm not sure the Redsox wanted him back, but for 1 more year they can live with it. This hurts Ortiz more because he is probably a year or two older than the records say and he is now working again on a one year deal. It could be his final season.



Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:47 am
 

Reports: Ortiz to accept arbitration

David Ortiz has been a great asset to the Red Sox and it would have been a sad blow had he left to play elsewhere. To have him play for another year will be great and I hope he keeps healthy and performs to the best he is capable. Even more I hope he is not just killing time to the end of his playing career and will focus and concentrate to achieve the best of which he is capable. There was a sense towards the end of the season that his focus was not all it should be. Maybe it was contract prospects that were a distraction. Maybe it was the mallaise that seemed to affect all the players and Terry Francona towards the end of that embarrassing blow-out end-of-season run. A new season ahead, maybe with a new (professional) attitude from Ortiz and other leaders on the team.



Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:27 am
 

Reports: Ortiz to accept arbitration

***BREAKING NEWS***

The Los Angeles Angels have pulled off a massive 3-way trade with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins.  The exact details of the trade are not clear yet, but the key players involved are Albert Pujols, Hanley Rameriz, Kendry Morales, and Vernon Wells, with Pujols and Hanley Rameriz going to the Angels for a handful of players and also cash considerations  The St. Louis Cardinals who were able to offer Albert Pujols the best contract available to him as far as money and total years goes will sign and trade away Pujols for players from both the Angels and the Marlins.  After signing Pujols, the Cardinals will then trade him to the Angels who will in turn send a combination of players to both the Cardinals and the Miami Marlins.  The Miami Marlins will then send Hanley Rameriz to the Angels.  The following players from the Angles will be going to either the Cardinals or the Marlins, Los Angeles Angel Kendry Morales, Vernon Wells, Alberto Callaspo, Jerome Williams, Fernando Rodney, and either Erik Aybar or Maicer Izturis will be going to either the Cardinals or the Marlins.   It is not clear what players from the Cardinals and the Marlins will also be involved in the trade, but Jon Jay of the Cardinals and Gaby Sanchez of the Marlins have been possible names mentioned. 

Look for more detailed information on this trade to be available in the next couple of days.

   Larry Dobrow, CBSsports.com




Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:43 am
 

Reports: Ortiz to accept arbitration

Big element of the Sox lineup, and one that tends to be healthy (yes I know DH is a less risky position) if not as consistently clutch as in the past--which is not saying much because for a few years he was one of the top 5 hitters in baseball.  It can't be said enough how much Ortiz affects opposing teams' approach to the batting order.  This gives the Sox more flexibility filling out RF and the bench, and pretty much sets their budget for the pitching staff upgrades that are now top priority.  Plus he's worth quite a bit to the fans, and I think that's a relevant consideration in the reasonableness of salary.



Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:15 am
 

Reports: Ortiz to accept arbitration

Yeah, he does play a lot of games at that other Little League park in New York.


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