Big Papi Signs One Year Deal, Avoiding Arbitration

Ortiz, Red Sox avoid hearing, agree at $14,575,000

      BOSTON. (AP) – David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox have avoided
salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth

      The deal was midway between the $16.5 million the designated
hitter asked for last month and the $12.65 million submitted by the
Red Sox, which matched his 2011 earnings.

      A hearing had been scheduled for Monday afternoon.
      Ortiz hit .309 with 29 homers and 96 RBIs last year. The
36-year-old became a free agent after the season, then accepted
Boston's offer of arbitration under the last year of the old
collective bargaining agreement.

      Starting this fall, instead of arbitration teams may give their
players qualifying offers equal to the average salary of the top
125 players ranked by salary.

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