Red Sox Have Winning History in Arbitration Cases, Going 12-5 Since 1975

David Ortiz‘s arbitration case has a resolution. After months of negotiations, Ortiz and the Red Sox reportedly agreed on a last-second settlement on Monday –– before the scheduled hearing –– for $14.575 million to avoid arbitration.

It’s the midpoint number for both parties, considering Ortiz submitted a salary request of $16.5 million, while the Red Sox requested for $12.65 million, a slight raise from the designated hitter’s salary in 2011.

Here’s a look at the team’s history in arbitration cases as it stands.

Year Player Player Request Organization Offer Winner
1975 Bernie Carbo $60,000 $50,000 Red Sox
1982 Carney Lansford $650,000 $440,000 Red Sox
1985 Wade Boggs $1 million $675,000 Boggs
1986 Wade Boggs $1.85 million $1.35 million Red Sox
1986 Marty Barrett $435,000 $325,000 Barrett
1986 Rich Gedman $1 million $650,000 Red Sox
1987 Oil Can Boyd $695,000 $550,000 Red Sox
1987 Bruce Hurst $845,000 $700,000 Red Sox
1992 Jody Reed $2.25 million $1.6 million Red Sox
1993 John Dopson $750,000 $485,000 Dopson
1993 Carlos Quintana $850,000 $340,000 Red Sox
1996 Mike Stanton $1.75 million $1.2 million Stanton
1997 Tim Wakefield $2.5 million $1.55 million Wakefield
1997 Aaron Sele $1.4 million $1.126 million Red Sox
1998 Damon Buford $750,000 $460,000 Red Sox
1999 Midre Cummings $725,000 $450,000 Red Sox
2002 Rolando Arrojo $2.8 million $1.9 million Red Sox

For those keeping score at home, the Red Sox are 12-5 in arbitration hearings in that span. But for now, the decade-long streak without a hearing continues.

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