The designated hitter-first baseman, who made $1.25 million last
year, was among four Red Sox players who filed for arbitration --
pitchers Byung-Hyun Kim and Scott Williamson, and right fielder
Trot Nixon also settled without hearings.
Ortiz had asked for $5 million in arbitration and had been
offered $4.2 million. In addition to his salary, he could earn
$50,000 bonuses for 525 and 600 plate appearances.
Ortiz was third in the AL with a .592 slugging percentage and
hit .288 with 31 homers, 39 doubles and 101 RBI in his first
season with Boston after signing as a free agent. He had spent all
or parts of the previous six seasons with Minnesota.
He had six multihomer games for a team that set the major league
record for slugging percentage, and 72 of his 129 hits were for
extra bases. But he struggled in his 12 playoff games against
Oakland and the New York Yankees, batting .191 with two homers and