David Ortiz, Red Sox set for an arbitration hearing today

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UPDATE:  They settled. Read the details here.

Barring an 11th hour settlement — and those often happen in these cases — The Red Sox and DH David Ortiz are set to have an arbitration hearing today. If the thing goes off as scheduled, it will be the Red Sox’ first hearing in ten years.

As previously reported, The Red Sox offered $12.65 million. Ortiz countered with $16.5 million.  You never can be totally sure how these things will go but, with the knowledge that salaries tend to rise in arbitration, not stay static, the Red Sox’ offer seems kind of low.  Ortiz made $12.5 million last year and then put together his best season in four years, posting a .309/.398/.554 line.

One would think that’s worth more than a $150,000 raise. And since an arbitration panel has to choose one number or the other — they can’t split the difference themselves — one would think that, if the sides don’t settle for $14 million or so that they’d go with Ortiz’s submission.

But, to use one of the most hackneyed phrases in all of writing … only time will tell.

Report: Padres have made offers to both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

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Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.

Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.

The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.

Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.