Boston DH made $1.25 million last year

Updated: January 30, 2004, 7:47 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox agreed Friday to a one-year contract worth $4,587,500.

David Ortiz
Ortiz

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 eight RBI.


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