According to a recent Boston Herald article, David Ortiz has agreed to an arbitration hearing, unlike many of his teammates, as a means to resolve the dispute between his requested annual salary ($16.5 million) and the $12.5 million counter-offer by the Red Sox. Both parties will have an opportunity to present evidence in support of their case. Ortiz’s evidence: a triumphant 2011. Due to the nature of arbitration, however, complex scenarios can build throughout the process.
Alternative dispute resolution has successfully resolved disputes in the sports world for many years, allowing all parties to illustrate their strengths (and weakness). And as their followers know, both Ortiz and the Red Sox have a few.