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.
"I guess that's part of the game," he said. "From a business standpoint, that's how it goes. … I've been watching from the outside."
Ortiz' agent, Fern Cuza, met with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington late last week prior to exchanging arbitration figures. Arbitration hearings will be held from Feb. 1-20.
"This is the first time I've paid attention to it," said Ortiz of the arbitration process. "It might be a big deal, but it doesn't seem like it to me."
The Red Sox haven't gone through with an arbitration hearing with one of their players since 2002.
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