Aceves, Red Sox avoid hearing with deal
Ortiz club's lone remaining arbitration case unresolved
By Evan Drellich / MLB.com | 02/05/12 11:50 PM EST
BOSTON -- Alfredo Aceves and the Red Sox have avoided arbitration with a $1.2 million deal, the team confirmed on Sunday. That's the eighth of nine potential arbitration cases the team has settled outside of a hearing, leaving only designated hitter David Ortiz's situation unresolved.
The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo first reported the deal, which includes an additional $100,000 in potential incentives, via Twitter.
Aceves, a 30-year-old righty, went 10-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 114 innings last season, mostly in relief. He filed for a 2012 salary of $1.6 million, while the team offered $900,000.
Aceves' potential arbitration date had not been made public, but general manager Ben Cherington indicated both Aceves' and Ortiz's hearings were scheduled before pitchers and catchers report Feb. 17.
Ortiz, who's one of two on-field holdovers the Red Sox have from their 2004 championship team, is asking for $16.5 million while the team has offered $12.65.
"We are working on that right now," Ortiz said in the Dominican Republic on Saturday. "Hopefully, we will get to an agreement so we don't have to go in front of the judge."
Arbitration hearings, scheduled between Jan. 31 and Feb. 21, are held in St. Petersburg, Fla.