The Boston Red Sox appear to be headed to a hearing to decide arbitration cases for designated hitter David Ortiz and relief pitcher Alfredo Aceves. If the organization and players can’t agree in the near future, the Sox will be faced with their first hearing since Tim Wakefield back in 2002.
“We’ve had continued dialogue with both players,” said Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. “I couldn’t handicap it right now. We’re just going to prepare for the case. We will continue to talk right up until the hearing. We’ll see what happens up until then.”
Ortiz went into arbitration after rejecting Boston’s two-year, $18 million offer to keep him on board. The Red Sox are willing to pay $12.5 million this season but the 15-year veteran has stayed strong in asking for at least $16.5 million. Aceves is seeking $1.6 million and Boston has countered with $900,000.
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