David Ortiz expects arbitration hearing, not settlement, with Red Sox

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Earlier this week dozens of players agreed to one-year deals prior to the deadline to submit arbitration figures and even those who didn’t will likely end up inking deals before an actual hearing.

David Ortiz might be different, as the 36-year-old designated hitter said yesterday that he doesn’t expect to reach a compromise before going to arbitration, telling reporters at the Boston Baseball Writers dinner that “it doesn’t seem like it right now.”

Ortiz filed for $16.5 million and the Red Sox countered at $12.65 million, so a pre-hearing settlement would likely be for around $14.5 million.

Prior to Ortiz accepting the Red Sox’s arbitration tender in December he turned down a two-year, $18 million deal and he’s been pretty upfront about his unhappiness with the whole situation, but going through a hearing in which the team is basically forced to make a case against his value isn’t going to make for better feelings.

And as Rob Bradford of WEEI.com points out the Red Sox haven’t gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since 2002.