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.
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