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.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.