With just hours before their scheduled arbitration hearing, the Red Sox signed slugger David Ortiz to a one year, $14.575 million deal. That’s right between where the two sides seemed headed as they went to their arbitration hearing but fortunately they were able to get a deal signed before things got nasty.
This isn’t a huge surprise and I expected to see Ortiz back in the mix but I would have hated to see a contentious arbitration hearing. Ortiz bounced back from a subpar season the year before and he belted 29 home runs and he had an OPS of .953. I think the team also liked the idea that he accepted arbitration rather then testing the waters of the free agent market this year.
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