Ortiz presents unique arbitration case for Sox

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Ortiz presents unique arbitration case for Sox

David Ortiz, like Jacoby Ellsbury, presents the Red Sox with an interesting potential arbitration case.

In December, Ortiz -- who just turned 36 and is a 15-year veteran -- elected to accept arbitration rather than opting for free agency. Last season, he hit .309, with 29 home runs, 96 RBI, and a .953 OPS in 146 games.

Compare those to his 2010 numbers: .27032102.899145; and his career-average numbers (based on 162 games played): .28335118.922.
The approach for a team going through arbitration with a player like Ortiz with a lengthy career and body of work to consider -- can be different than it is for a player like Ellsbury, who is still early in his career.

Because of his seniority and his long career, there may be more emphasis on what can be expected of this player now, said Tal Smith, the founder of Tal Smith Enterprises, which has handled more than 150 arbitration cases since 1974 for teams.

Hes already been rewarded over his career for what he has done. Now he could have been a free agent. What would that value be? If its a free agent without arbitration, clubs dont bid or negotiate on the basis of what you have done. Theyre going to negotiate on what value they think youre going to have for the club in the coming season or seasons. And I would, frankly, take that approach in arbitration.

In Ortizs case his 2011 is going to be, I think, more indicative of what his value should be, given age and so on and the fact that he was a free agent. Because free agent values are not determined as much on past history as they are on expectation. In arbitration a player is banking on what he has done.

So, from that standpoint there is a distinction, I think, and a fairly significant one. There are not that many free agents like Ortiz that go. We did one a few years ago with Mark Loretta and that was after he left the Red Sox. We basically argued that Loretta had been a free agent and he signed with Houston, for 2.5 million. And then after that year he again was a free agent and filed for arbitration and his season was relatively comparable to what he had done the year before. We argued: Look, that was his value a year ago. Thats his value today. He agreed to that. So from Ortiz standpoint its not quite the same thing but I think hes going to have to expect that its going to be more on what an arbitration panel thinks hes capable of doing this year.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics surge at end of second quarter

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics surge at end of second quarter

BOSTON –  For the second time in as many games, the Boston Celtics were hosting a team eager to get off a losing skid.

But a strong surge near the end of the second quarter gave the Celtics a 65-56 halftime lead over Portland which came into the night having lost four straight.

Boston opened with a 12-4 run capped off by a 3-pointer by Jae Crowder – his second within the game’s first couple minutes.

But the Blazers were being carried by C.J. McCollum, half of the most explosive backcourt in the NBA. His 12 first-quarter points were crucial to keeping the Blazers within 28-26 at the end of the quarter.

McCollum continued to out-perform everyone else on the floor, even Isaiah Thomas who had a quieter than usual first half.

But the 5-foot-9 Thomas continued to make all the plays needed to put the Celtics back on top courtesy of a 12-3 run that put them ahead 57-49 with 1:55 to play in the half.

From there, Boston was able to maintain control of the game.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Saturday’s game.

 

STARS

C.J. McCollum

While there’s still talk about whether Damian Lillard will be an All-Star this year, McCollum has played well enough to where he’s at least worthy of a mention in the All-Star conversation. He certainly carried Portland in the first half with 26 points on 8-for-12 shooting.

Isaiah Thomas

As usual, Thomas drew a considerable amount of attention from the opposing defense. And slowly but surely, he found cracks that he could exploit. At the half, he had 17 points, four assists and three rebounds, one of which was an offensive board that he put-back in for a lay-up.

 

STUDS

Jae Crowder

He put the Celtics on a good path from the outset, knocking down a couple 3’s in the first couple of minutes. He finished the half with 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting which included a trio of 3-pointers.

Meyers Leonard

He was 3-for-4 in the first half which included a pair of powerful dunks over Boston’s Jordan Mickey. At the half he had eight points and two rebounds.

 

DUDS

Damian Lillard

It was a rough half for the two-time All-Star, tallying just three points on 1-for-5 shooting. A big part of his problem? Foul trouble. He played just 10 minutes in the first half due in large part to having three personal fouls.