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01/17/2012 - 8:36pm
Ortiz, Red Sox nearly $4 million apart

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.

Ortiz, who made $12.5 million in 2011, hit .309 with a .953 OPS along with 29 home runs and 96 RBI last season. While the 36-year-old's OPS was the eighth-best in all of baseball, the market for designated hitters has taken a downturn in recent years. The White Sox' Adam Dunn's four-year, $56 million marked the last significant deal for a full-time DH (although White Sox' general manager Ken Williams told WEEI.com at the general managers meetings that Dunn wasn't signed exclusively as a DH).

Ortiz represents one of four remaining arbitration-eligible Red Sox to go unsigned, joining Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves and Andrew Bailey....

01/17/2012 - 6:23pm
Sox only talked one-year deal with Ellsbury

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.

Former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein told the Dennis and Callahan Show in July that the team had previously talked with Ellsbury’s representatives about a multi-year deal, with no progress being made.

"This isn't the right forum to talk about it. Those conversations are always behind closed doors. But I guess it's not a secret we sat down and tried in the past to do that, lock Jacoby up, and...

01/17/2012 - 6:12pm
Crawford undergoes surgery on left wrist

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.”

Crawford experienced some soreness in the wrist toward the end of the 2011 season, with the pain reoccurring upon ramping up his hitting activity around New Year’s.

“It was consistent with soreness he had periodically over the last several years, but more concerning to Carl given the time of year he was feeling it,” said Cherington regarding the injury, which is on the outside portion of Crawford’s left wrist.

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01/17/2012 - 2:47pm
Report: Teams inquire about C's Pierce

A day after the Celtics lost their fifth straight game, to former center Kendrick Perkins and his Thunder, Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reports that "several contending teams have inquired" about the availability of C's captain Paul Pierce.

"There are 'a lot of calls asking if [Boston] will blow it up," an Eastern Conference official told Wojnarowski.

While Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen both become free agents at the end of the season, Pierce is under contract with the Celtics for two more years and $32 million. Could he become trade bait at the March 15 deadline without signs of improvement from the current team?

The Perkins trade for Jeff Green last February was the first sign that Celtics president Danny Ainge isn't afraid to blow up the 2008 championship core. Ainge has reiterated multiple times...

01/17/2012 - 2:38pm
Ellsbury, Aviles agree to terms with Sox

Jacoby Ellsbury has agreed to one-year, $8.05 million deal with the Red Sox, avoiding arbitration. The 28-year-old was in his second year of arbitration eligibility. Also coming to terms was infielder/outfielder Mike Aviles, whose one-year deal is for $1.2 million. Ellsbury avoided arbitration prior to the 2011 season by signing a one-year, $2.14 million deal. This was Aviles first year of arbitration eligibility, having made $640,000 in '11.

Ellsbury is coming off an '11 season in which he finished second in American League MVP voting, hitting .321 with a .928 OPS. Ellsbury led the American League with 364 total bases, hitting 32 home runs to go along with 39 stolen bases.

The Red Sox have four arbitration-eligible players still unsigned -- David Ortiz, Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves and Andrew Bailey -- with all teams and unsigned arbitration-eligible players having to submit figures for potential hearings by noon Tuesday.

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