The Red Sox were 1-for-2 with their big arbitration candidates yesterday. First, they signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a one-year, $8.05 million deal that justifiably more than triples their all-everything center fielder's salary. Then, they failed to reach an agreement with designated hitter David Ortiz [stats], who didn't mess around when it came time to exchange figures with the team. According to CBS Sports, Ortiz asked for $16.5 million, while the Sox countered with just a modest raise from last year's $12.5 million salary to $12.65 million. Hearings don't begin until Feb.?1, and the sides are free to continue negotiating until then, but the gulf between them certainly suggests they'll have a tough compromise on their hands.
Ellsbury back in fold, Ortiz still on hold
Boston Herald | Jan 18