David Ortiz Plans To Accept Arbitration

David Ortiz plans to accept Boston's arbitration offer and remain with the Red Sox, reports Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. In that case, Ortiz would be in line for a one-year deal with a slight raise on last year's $12.5MM salary.

Considering there didn't seem to be many suitors for Ortiz on the open market and the reported two-year deal on the table from the Red Sox would have paid just $9MM annually, the decision makes sense. However, there is still time for the two sides to work out a multiyear deal, and ESPN.com's Buster Olney (Twitter link) expects them to continue talking. WEEI's Rob Bradford hears that Ortiz's reps and the Red Sox plan to meet tonight before any decision is made on arbitration.

The 36-year-old is coming off a strong 2011 campaign in which he hit .309/.398/.554 in 605 plate appearances.


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77 Comments on "David Ortiz Plans To Accept Arbitration"


Ryan The Braves Fan For Life
3 years 7 months ago

I thought he was going to go to Minnesota

Ryan The Braves Fan For Life
3 years 7 months ago

I thought he was going to go to Minnesota

Dave_Gershman
3 years 7 months ago

Wow. $$$

Stonehands
3 years 7 months ago

….ESPN just said he accepted the 2/18 deal that was offered…

3 years 7 months ago

source please

Justin Lindsay
3 years 7 months ago

ESPN LOL

3 years 7 months ago

a link???? all i c is ARBITRATION acceptence, nopthing about a 2 yr deal

notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months ago

even the arb acceptance bit is sketchy, with rojas citing an anonymous source and other reports unable to confirm

3 years 7 months ago

about time 

EarlyMorningBoxscore
3 years 7 months ago

Now that that is over can we move on with the off-season? 

3 years 7 months ago

Dude realized that if there is no market for Prince Fielder, there was as hell was no market for him. 

3 years 7 months ago

NOOOO!!!!!!! Cherington’s first mistake of his tenure as GM, but I do like this better than a 3 year deal.

3 years 7 months ago

He realized that no team would give him over 10 mil a year on a multi year deal so he did the smart thing. 

inleylandwetrust
3 years 7 months ago

Big win for Boston

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

Tomorrows headline: Ortiz unhappy with current situation, still seeks multi year contract

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

it is all your fault for not putting in enough good words with the rest of the Jays fans so AA would have offered him any kind of a multi year contract u know :-(

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

unfortunately (fortunately) my words carry no weight with the headoffice.

one day my friend, one day

rzepczynski
3 years 7 months ago

 BNS said farrell is a confirmed mlbtr reader for whatever that means

Lunchbox45
3 years 7 months ago

so all those times he left in Dotel vs Lefties was out of spite?

2 years 11 months ago

can you tell me why ?

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

Well… This stinks. Hopes of redirecting $$ to areas of real need are dashed.

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

It’s official. I lost the free agent predictions.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 7 months ago

I think this was the first one I got right

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

I think I had him going to Toronto. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

torresjohnny87
3 years 7 months ago

now its time to make a trade….do what you gotta do….

garylanglais
3 years 7 months ago

Good move by both sides. Ortiz will prob get $14m salary and Red Sox get benefit of it being a 1 year deal.  I was hoping someone would sign him away and the Red Sox would use the money elsewhere but this works too. 

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

Pretty much exactly what you said.  If Ortiz is going to come back, this is the most preferable scenario.

commenter3346
3 years 7 months ago

Paying $14 million +, which is about $7 million over his market price isn’t a good move for the Red Sox.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

There’s really little use arguing this point any longer. I’m just satisfied that one Red Sox fan on here has acknowledged this as well. 

Maine Sox presents it as an “if” That “if” only happens at the hand of the front office. They shouldn’t have offered arb to begin with. The Red Sox made the choice for him. That’s the point. 

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

It was a risk worth taking though; at best you get two high draft picks, at worst you have to pay $14-16M for one year for a guy who put up over 4.0 WAR as a DH last year.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 7 months ago

Ortiz had a great year with a .954 OPS. Why would they NOT want him back? And as others have said, having him back on a 1 year deal was the best case scenario. YES, the Sox are up against the cap, but even so, $$$$ should be the last thing on their mind when it comes to what the expectations are vs where they have finished over the last 2 years. 

Their 3b prospect isn’t ready to unseat Youk (thus moving him to DH) and Beltran is going to be very expensive in years and $$$$.

If the Sox had NOT offered him arbitration then he simply wouldn’t be a Sox player in 2012 because SOME team would’ve offered him a 2 year deal, maybe not for $14 mil but I could see a AL team offering 2/$20 if they didn’t have to cough up a draft pick.

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

It’s not optimal, but it’s the best case scenario short of gaining draft picks because he signed somewhere else.  The money isn’t as big of a deal as having to guarantee him multiple years would have been.

notsureifsrs
3 years 7 months ago

it is a less-desirable outcome than replacing him with someone like beltran and collecting draft picks

having said that, a one-year deal for a guy who hit as well as adrian gonzalez last year is hardly a problem. he’s failed to be worth ~$14M only once in his career – and that was 3 years ago

diddykong
3 years 7 months ago

Get on the plane now, Ben. Beat the rush. The offseason is over. Scott Atchison will be our closer.

andrewyf
3 years 7 months ago

Smart move. But he’ll probably end up taking a 2-year, $22M deal so Boston can save a few simoleons.

3 years 7 months ago

Smart for Papi, not so smart for the BoSox. He’s not even worth 10M. He’s going to drop off eventually and it could be this year.

flickadave
3 years 7 months ago

In which case you don’t sign him next year. That’s the beauty of going year to year. As long as he produces like he has pretty much every year he has been in Boston, it would be foolish to let him go.

flickadave
3 years 7 months ago

In which case you don’t sign him next year. That’s the beauty of going year to year. As long as he produces like he has pretty much every year he has been in Boston, it would be foolish to let him go.

Karkat
3 years 7 months ago

I love Papi, but honestly I was hoping for the draft picks/salary flexibility.

FS54
3 years 7 months ago

good job Ortiz, I think I nailed one more in predictions.

torresjohnny87
3 years 7 months ago

we gotta make a trade somewhere….