Ortiz accepts salary arbitration from Red Sox

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 08, 2011
David Ortiz is staying with the Boston Red Sox, agreeing to the team's offer of salary arbitration. The 36-year-old designated hitter has been with Boston since 2003. He hit .309 last season with 29 homers and 96 RBIs, making $12.65 million in the option year of a contract that paid him $63,225,000 over five seasons. Boston made the arbitration offer Nov. 23 and Ortiz had until 11 p.m. CST Wednesday to accept. Barring an agreement, Ortiz and the Red Sox would swap proposed salaries on Jan. 17 for a one-year, nonguaranteed contract and the case would go to a hearing the following month. The overwhelming majority of players and teams reach agreement before cases are heard by three-arbitrator panels. Also Wednesday, the commissioner's office said Ortiz had been voted designated hitter of the year for the sixth time, following a streak from 2003-07.
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