Speaking before the Boston Baseball Writers dinner, David Ortiz said, at this moment, he doesn't expect a deal to get done prior to an arbitration hearing.

"I don't know," said the DH when asked if he expected an agreement to be reached before a hearing. "It doesn't seem like it right now."

Ortiz submitted a figure of $16.5 million for his arbitration case Tuesday, while the Red Sox came in at $12.65 million. According to a source, the slugger had previously been offered a two-year deal by the Sox, at $9 million season.

Speaking prior to the Boston Baseball Writers Dinner at the Copley Westin Hotel, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington explained why the diagnosis of Carl Crawford's injured wrist wasn't made earlier in the offseason.

Crawford recently underwent surgery on his wrist after experiencing increased discomfort while ramping up his hitting regimen. It was an injury Cherington said the outfielder had felt to some degree during the season, but wasn't a concern for the player upon the completion of the regular season. 

The Red Sox named Rick Jameyson as their head trainer and announced several other moves in a restructuring of their medical staff. Jameyson spent the last 20 seasons with the Indians organization and was the team's assistant athletic trainer for the last decade. He replaces Mike Reinold who wil stay with the team as the head physical therapist.

On paper, the Red Sox feature three locks in their rotation and what seems like about a dozen question marks whom the team hopes to re-shape into a couple of answers.



Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia joined The Big Show Wednesday, discussing the coming season and the improvements made to the Yankees' starting rotation. 

Word emerged Tuesday that left fielder Carl Crawford had undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist, with general manager ben Cherington penciling Crawford to begin hitting "at some pint in spring training." With uncertainty surrounding Crawford's return to the lineup, Pedroia expressed little concern.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Red Sox and Cubs have asked the commissioner's office of Major League Baseball to resolve the matter of the compensation that the Sox will receive as a result of Theo Epstein's departure to become Cubs president of baseball operations in late October.

It started at about 8 p.m. Friday night, when word came down that the Yankees had found what every team in baseball loves to find -- a potential No. 1 starter, not even residing in the world of arbitration.



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According to a major league source, the Red Sox and David Ortiz are nearly $4 million apart in the numbers each side filed for a potential arbitration hearing. The report states that the Red Sox filed at $12.65 million, while Ortiz' number came in at $16.5 million. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports was first to report the numbers.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said when asked on a Tuesday afternoon conference call if he had talked with Jacoby Ellsbury’s agent, Scott Boras, about a multi-year deal before agreeing on the outfielder’s one-year, $8.05 million contract, “We only discussed a one-year deal."

Ellsbury is in the second year of arbitration eligibility, having agreed on a $2.4 million deal prior to the 2011 season.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington revealed that outfielder Carl Crawford has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist after experiencing discomfort while hitting earlier in January.

While Cherington wouldn’t put a timetable on Crawford’s return to the Red Sox lineup, the GM did say that he expects the left fielder to be hitting “at some point in spring training,” and ready to return to the Sox’ starting lineup “at some point very early in the season.”