The Red Sox met their arbitration deadline obligation and made decisions on their arbitration eligible players. David Ortiz (Type A) and Dan Wheeler were both offered arbitration where as the odd men out were Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek.
Under the new compensation rules, the Red Sox are set to get some compensation for both Wheeler and Ortiz. It’s expected that Ortiz will eventually sign though although whether he takes arbitration or not is another question.
The team has to sell Red Sox tickets. A big part of competing next year will be bringing back Ortiz so my guess is, they do what it takes.
Other guys who weren’t offered arbitration were Erik Bedard, Trever Miller, J.D. Drew and Conor Jackson.
The 2012 MLB season is creeping closer as we approach the New Year, which means the 2012 schedule for the Boston Red Sox is up and fans are already picking their seats! There are some excellent games set on the schedule that will certainly have a good turnout, like the Yankees at Red Sox on April 21, the Tampa Bay Rays at Red Sox on April 13 and May 27, and the Orioles at Red Sox on May 5.
Since this site is about the Red Sox of the past, I thought it would be appropriate to take a look at the last time the Red Sox faced these three teams (Yankees, Rays and Orioles) in the regular season. It is well known that the Red Sox had a rough end to their 2011 season, so this might be slightly painful:
Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays – 9/15-9/18 @ Boston – Rays (3 wins) vs. Red Sox (1 win)
Red Sox vs. New York Yankees – 9/24-9/25 @ New York – Yankees (2 wins) vs. Red Sox (1 win)
Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles – 9/26-9/28 @ Baltimore – Orioles (2 wins) vs. Red Sox (1 win)
Although the Red Sox may not have won those series, it definitely means they are due for some wins this 2012 season. Keep an eye out for great games on the 2012 MLB regular season schedule. Game on!
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