Found February 11, 2012 on The Biz of Baseball:
PLAYERS: David Ortiz
TEAMS: Boston Red Sox
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The waiting game to see whether David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox will go to arbitration hearing is in its final hours. And while it could be rescheduled, the sides are scheduled to make their cases before a panel of arbitrators on Monday. As detailed on Thursday, the odds of the sides going to hearing are slim based on the amount of money that could be lost: [Ortiz is] seeking $16.5 million, which ranks as the fourth highest ever asking figure behind only Ryan Howard (2008 with the Phillies, $18 million as a second-time salary arb player), Derek Jeter (2000 with the Yankees, $18.5 million in his last year of salary arbitration eligibility), Tim Lincecum (this year with the Giants in his 3rd yr of salary arb eligibility, $21.5 million) and Roger Clemens (2004 with the Astros, $22 million as a free agent with 20.142 of MLST). [....] The amount the sides stand to lose is also something to consider. The gap between asking and offering is $3.85 million. Not exactly chump cha...
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