DALLAS -- Speaking to WEEI.com by phone Wednesday night, David Ortiz confirmed that he will be accepting the Red Sox offer of arbitration.
It a procedure that the designated hitter said wasn't what he had planned on executing when his free agency period started.
"Not really," said Ortiz when asked if the end result of his free agent period was expected. "I wasn't expecting that, but things happen.
"It was a [hard decision], but sometimes things happen."
Ortiz, who did admit that he began to believe he would be accepting arbitration over the last few days, said he was not aware that the Red Sox had increased their two-year offer, which one source told WEEI.com was worth $9 million per season. The same source suggested the DH was looking for a two-year deal paying him $12.5 million per year.
While Ortiz' representatives will continue to negotiate with the Red Sox, seeking a multi-year deal, the designated hitter relayed that he viewed at least one positive out of the recent resolution.
"The good thing," he said, "is that it looks like I'll be playing in front of the Boston fans for another year."
By accepting arbitration, Ortiz has guaranteed himself a raise for the 2012 season from the $12.5 million he made in '11. The Red Sox have not gone through with an arbitration hearing since '02.
For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.
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